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16-year-old arrested after attempted carjacking, fleeing from police

FAR HILLS BOROUGH, NJ (Somerset County) – A 16-year-old boy was arrested last month after an alleged carjacking attempt in Somerset County, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael Robertson.

On Thursday, June 10, at around 9:18 p.m. Far Hills police received a call reporting an attempted carjacking at a residence in the Polo Club condominium complex. The victim, a 38-year-old female resident of the complex, reported that an unknown male entered her garage, brandished a knife and demanded the keys to her vehicle, Robertson said.

The female reported there was a brief struggle where the attacker lunged at the victim with the knife before fleeing towards the Far Hills Train Station. Police immediately responded to the train station to search for the suspect and then located an individual who matched the physical and clothing description provided by the victim walking in the train station parking lot, Robertson said.

The suspect was confronted and briefly questioned by police before attempting to flee from officers. The suspect, subsequently identified as a 16-year-old boy from Far Hills, was apprehended following a brief foot chase and arrested by officers. During the apprehension he resisted arrest by using physical force to free his hands in an attempt to avoid from being taken into custody, Robertson said.

The investigation conducted by Far Hills Police positively identified the juvenile as the person who attempted the carjacking, Robertson said.

The juvenile was charged with first-degree carjacking, second-degree burglary, disorderly person offense obstructing administration of law, and disorderly persons offense resisting arrest. He was transported and lodged at the Middlesex County Juvenile Detention Center pending a family court appearance, Robertson said.

Anyone with information relating to this incident to contact the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 908-231-7100 or the Far Hills Borough Police Department at 908-234-9682 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.

Jay Edwards

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