SOMERVILLE, N.J. – Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey D. Soriano announces that a Somerset County Grand Jury has issued two Indictments today arising from a Franklin Township attempted murder investigation.
Prosecutor Soriano states that the Grand Jury charged defendant Winston Wilson, age 24, of Bower Street in Linden (Union County), New Jersey, with first degree attempted murder, first degree robbery, two counts of third degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and third degree theft. In a separate Indictment, the Grand Jury charged defendant Wilson with second degree unlawful possession of a firearm.
Prosecutor Soriano states the Franklin Township Police responded to a 9-1-1 call around 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 26, 2014. The caller reported observing a female, who was bleeding, lying on the ground outside the caller’s home on Vanderbilt Avenue.
Responding officers found and identified the 18 year old victim who resides at another residence on Vanderbilt Avenue. The victim sustained multiple stab wounds and a severe head injury inflicted by blunt force trauma. Police also determined that her attacker stole the victim’s 2009 Mazda vehicle along with a Sony PlayStation. The following day, the victim was able to identify her attacker as “Jesus”, and described Jesus as having the “New Jersey Devil” tattoo on his neck and teardrop tattoos near his eyes.
Prosecutor Soriano said law enforcement authorities identified “Jesus” as Winston Wilson. On April 28, 2014, with the public’s help, detectives located the missing vehicle and apprehended defendant Wilson at an apartment complex in Edison Township, Middlesex County. During the arrest, police recovered the stolen Sony PlayStation as well as a .38 caliber Smith & Wesson handgun.
Defendant Wilson is currently lodged at the Somerset County Jail on bail of $500,000.00 cash only.
Prosecutor Soriano said the State will be represented by Assistant Somerset County Prosecutor Matthew Murphy.
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.