MAN CHARGED IN KIDNAPPING
SOMERVILLE, N.J. – Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor and Montgomery Township Police Director/Captain James M. Gill announced the arrest of Hajkim A. Samuel, age 43, Bergen Street, Newark, New Jersey in relation to kidnapping and sexual assault that occurred on April 8, 2020 in the Township of Montgomery.
Prosecutor Robertson stated that on Thursday, April 9, 2020, at approximately 5:42 p.m., Somerville Police Department received a 9-1-1 call from a victim reporting she had been kidnapped and sexually assaulted. Detectives from the Montgomery Township Police Department and the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit interviewed the victim, an adult female who resides in Somerset County. The victim reported that Hajkim Samuel, who is known to the victim, forced his way into her residence and held her captive at knife point. Samuel proceeded to sexually assault the victim numerous times in her residence and then forced her to travel to a hotel located in Middlesex County where he also sexually assaulted her. The victim was eventually able to escape Samuel and call 9-1-1.
On Friday, April 10, 2020 at approximately 1:00 a.m. detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, Montgomery Township Police Department, with assistance from Newark Police Department Officers executed a Superior Court ordered search warrant on a residence belonging to a family member of Samuel on Bergen Street, Newark, New Jersey. As a result, Hajkim Samuel was located at the residence hiding under a bed and was apprehended without incident.
Prosecutor Robertson stated that as a result of this investigation, defendant Samuel has been charged with 1st degree Kidnapping, 1st degree Aggravated Sexual Assault, and 3rd degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose. Defendant Samuel was lodged at the Somerset County Jail pending a detention bail hearing in this matter.
Prosecutor Robertson would like to thank members of the Newark Police Department for their assistance in this investigation.
Prosecutor Robertson, Chief Fodor and Director/Captain James M. Gill request anyone with information relating to this investigation to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100 or the Montgomery Township Police Department at (908) 359-3222 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.