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Franklin Twp. Man Charged in Armed Robbery

Franklin Township, NJ

Post Date:08/24/2018 12:45 PM

August 7, 2018 - NEWS RELEASE

Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor, and Franklin Township Chief of Police, Richard Grammar announced the arrest of Dupre J. McCalla, age 45, of Pear Tree Lane, Franklin Park, New Jersey.

Prosecutor Robertson stated that on August 4, 2018, at approximately 1:49 P.M., the Franklin Township Police Department received a 9-1-1 call about an armed robbery that occurred at the Wawa in Franklin Township.  Upon responding to the scene, Franklin Township Police officers learned that a male had entered the gas attendant booth and attempted to take cash from the register.  When defendant McCalla was discovered in the booth, an employee entered the booth and confronted him.  Defendant McCalla then brandished a knife and the employee backed out, closing the door of the booth to hold the defendant inside.  While defendant McCalla tried to escape, he dropped both the money and the knife.  When defendant McCalla was eventually able to open the door, he picked up the knife and a handful of money and fled the area.  It was reported that $440.00 was stolen from the cash register in the gas attendant booth.  An employee advised the police as to which direction the defendant fled. 

Franklin Township Police patrol officers located an individual matching the description of the defendant in the same area in which he fled.  The officers approached McCalla and he provided them with a false name.  McCalla was subsequently identified as the individual who robbed the Wawa and was taken into custody.  The Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit responded and continued the investigation with the Franklin Township Police Department Detective Bureau.  

Franklin Township Police officers recovered $105.00 in U.S. currency from defendant McCalla. The victim sustained minor abrasions and wrist pain from attempting to hold the attendant booth door closed. 

Defendant McCalla was charged with 1st Degree Robbery, 3rd degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose and 4th degree Hindering Apprehension.  Defendant McCalla was subsequently lodged in the Somerset County Jail pending a detention hearing.

Prosecutor Robertson, Chief Fodor, and Chief Grammar request anyone with information to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100, or the Franklin Township Police Department at (732) 873-5533 or via the STOPit app. The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ.

Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477) or online at or at and click on either “Crime Stoppers” or “TIPS HOTLINE”. All anonymous Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.

Note: We are required by the Rules of Court to include herein a statement explaining that the charges are merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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