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NJ state police seek public’s assistance with identifying suspect who fired gunshots in a Sussex County neighborhood, $1,000 reward offered

HAMPTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (Sussex County) – The New Jersey State Police is seeking the public’s assistance with identifying a suspect who fired multiple gunshots in Hampton Township and offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest, state police said.

On Monday, June 1, at around 1:20 a.m., troopers responded to Halsey Road and Garrett Drive for the report of gunshots fired in the area, state police said.

When troopers arrived, they observed a street sign that was spray painted with the letters “BLM” and a white male walking north on Halsey Road. As troopers attempted to speak with the man, he ran into an open field where he dropped his cell phone, state police said.

Through various investigative means, troopers were able to identify Jacob Drelich, 26, of Newton, N.J. as the suspect who fled the scene. On Tuesday, June 2, Drelich reported to Sussex Station where he allegedly admitted his involvement in defacing the street sign the previous night. After an interview with state police detectives, it was determined that he was not considered a suspect in the shooting investigation, state police said.

Jacob Drelich was charged with criminal mischief, eluding, and defiant trespass for violating Executive Order 107. He was released on his own recognizance pending a court appearance, state police said.

Anyone with information related to the shooting investigation is asked to contact the New Jersey State Police Sussex Station at 973-383-1514, Sussex County Crime Stoppers at 973-300-CRIME, or submit a tip online at sussexcountysheriff.com. Anonymous tips are welcome.

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