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TWO SOMERSET MEN CHARGED IN FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP SHOOTINGS

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Post Date:02/06/2020 12:00 PM

FRANKLIN TWP., N.J. – Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson and Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor announced the arrest of Rome Cruz, age 20, Holly Street, Somerset, New Jersey and Christopher Williams, age 23, Victoria Drive, Somerset, New Jersey in relation to two separate shootings that occurred on Monday, December 30, 2019 on Barker Road and on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 on King Road, Somerset, New Jersey.  

Prosecutor Robertson stated that on Monday, December 30, 2019, at approximately 4:30 a.m., Franklin Township Police responded to a 9-1-1 call reporting multiple shots fired in the area of Barker Road, Franklin Township, New Jersey. Detectives from the Franklin Township Police Department and the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit responded to the scene and determined that approximately twenty-seven shots were fired at a residence on Barker Road that was occupied by a resident at the time. No injuries were reported during this shooting incident.

Prosecutor Robertson stated that on Tuesday, December 31, 2019, at approximately 2:26 a.m., Franklin Township Police responded to a 9-1-1 call reporting multiple shots fired in the area of King Road, Franklin Township, New Jersey. Detectives from the Franklin Township Police Department and the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit responded to the scene and determined that approximately thirty shots were fired at a residence on King Road, striking a male resident who occupied the home at the time in the leg. The victim was treated and released at an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

 Detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and Franklin Township Police Department conducted an investigation into both shootings. As a result of this investigation which included numerous interviews as well as investigatory leads, defendants Cruz and Williams were identified as two individuals involved in the shootings.  Defendants Cruz and Williams were both taken into custody at separate locations on Wednesday, February 5, 2020. 

Prosecutor Robertson stated that defendant Cruz has been charged with two counts of 1st degree Attempted Murder and one count of 2nd degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose.  Defendant Cruz was lodged at the Somerset County Jail pending a bail detention hearing in this matter.

Prosecutor Robertson stated that defendant Williams has been charged with two counts of 1st degree Attempted Murder and one count of 2nd degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose.  Defendant Williams was also charged with 3rd degree Resisting Arrest.  Defendant Williams was lodged at the Somerset County Jail pending a bail detention hearing in this matter. 

Prosecutor Robertson and Chief Fodor request anyone with information relating to these shootings 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). All anonymous STOPit reports and 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.

 Rome CruzChristopher Williams

                                        Rome Cruz                                                                                              Christopher Williams

 

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