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Police identify five motorcyclists connected to Hunterdon County assault

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (Hunterdon County) – Clinton Township police have identified five motorcyclists allegedly connected to an incident where a 62-year-old man was assaulted and had his cellphone stolen in September, according to Clinton Township Police Chief Thomas A. DeRosa.

On Saturday September 3, at around 10:12 a.m., police responded to an assault in progress on Cokesbury Road. The incident stemmed from a near motor vehicle collision between a vehicle and multiple motorcyclists, DeRosa said.

Police were advised a group of motorcyclists had dragged a 62-year-old man from his vehicle, assaulted him, and stole his cellphone, DeRosa said.

While responding, Officer William Musacchio observed the motorcycles fleeing the scene and attempted to conduct a motor vehicle stop on Cokesbury Road in his fully marked patrol unit. The motorcycles failed to stop and fled at a high rate of speed on Route 22 West, initiating a pursuit.

Sgt. Sean Ross observed approximately 13 motorcycles as they approached Petticoat Lane still heading Route 22 West, DeRosa said.

Sgt. Ross pursued the motorcycles onto Route 78 West, in his fully marked patrol unit, until they exited onto Route 173, Exit 11, in Union Township. At this point, Sgt. Ross chose to terminate the pursuit in favor of alternative investigative means which were actively pursued, DeRosa said.

Police spent nearly three months investigating information received from the Hunterdon County Crime Stoppers and other various investigative means, DeRosa said.

The identities of the five motorcyclists were revealed as Moshe Lew, 24, of Brooklyn NY, Bryan Florez, 25, Staten Island, NY, Kumarsarju Jadav, 30, of Staten Island, NY, Morkus Abdelmaseh 26, of Staten Island NY, and Jason Kish, 25, of Simpsonville, SC, Derosa said.

Florez, Jadav, Abdelmaseh, and Kish were charged with second-degree eluding in a motor vehicle and received numerous traffic summonses for traffic violations. Lew received sixteen traffic summonses for his role in the incident, DeRosa said.

The investigation is still ongoing and more criminal charges are under review, DeRosa said.

Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-321-0010, going online at www.CrimeStoppersHunterdon.com, or through the free “P3 Tips” smartphone app. All tips are anonymous and kept confidential.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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