Grand Jury charges two men in Hillsborough burglaries
October 3, 2018 - NEWS RELEASE
Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor, and Hillsborough Chief of Police Darren Powell announced that the Somerset County Grand Jury issued an Indictment charging Jhamir I. Hoagland, age 18, of Taylor Road in Franklin Township, and Omar S. Griggs, Jr., age 18, with a last known address of Hempstead Drive in Franklin Township, with multiple crimes arising from a burglary and gunshot at a home on Mersher Court in Hillsborough Township that occurred on August 16, 2018.
Prosecutor Robertson stated that at approximately 1:20 a.m. on August 16, 2018, homeowners on Mersher Court called 9-1-1 and reported a burglary in progress at their residence. Hillsborough Township Police responded to the scene and confronted two actors in the rear of the fenced-in property. A foot chase ensued and the actors successfully escaped. Detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes and the Crime Scene Units responded to the scene to assist the Hillsborough Township Police Department. The crime scene was searched and a .38 caliber revolver was recovered underneath the rear deck affixed to the home. Additionally, a fractured basement window and a discharged bullet inside the basement were discove.
Prosecutor Robertson stated that defendant Jhamir Hoagland was taken into custody by police at approximately 6:00 a.m., when he attempted to enter his 1999 Volkswagen Jetta that had been parked overnight near the crime scene. The Jetta was subsequently towed from the scene and later searched by police. That search yielded personal identification information belonging to Omar Griggs, Jr., .380 caliber bullets, and property that had recently been stolen during another burglary.
Prosecutor Robertson also stated that a surveillance camera captured the image of Omar Griggs, Jr., attempting to enter the home after 6:00 a.m. The surveillance camera also captured the image of Griggs stealing a bicycle from the property and peddling away.
Prosecutor Robertson stated that the Grand Jury charged both defendants with second degree burglary, second degree unlawful possession of a firearm, second degree possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose, fourth degree resisting arrest by flight, and two counts of receiving stolen property. Prosecutor Robertson stated that co-defendant Griggs, Jr., was separately charged with third degree attempted burglary and fourth degree theft.
Defendant Jhamir Hoagland is currently lodged at the Somerset County Jail awaiting trial on the charges. Prosecutor Robertson stated that co-defendant Omar Griggs, Jr., is the subject of an Arrest Warrant on the burglary charges.
Prosecutor Robertson, Chief Fodor, and Chief Powell request anyone with information pertaining to this investigation or Griggs’ whereabouts to contact the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100, or the Hillsborough Township Police Department at (908) 369-4323 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 www.888577tips.org or at www.scpo.net 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.