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Arrest Made in Franklin Township Homicide

By rlsmetro on
Franklin Township (Somerset)

FRANKLIN TWP., N.J. – Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson and Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor announced the arrest of Najee K. Croom aka “Na Murder”, 27, of Wright Place, New Brunswick, New Jersey in relation to the shooting death of David D. Anderson, 30 of Franklin Township, NJ.

Prosecutor Robertson stated that on Saturday, May 18, at approximately 11:00 p.m., a 9-1-1 call was received by Franklin Township Police reporting that one person was shot multiple times in the area of Matilda Avenue in Franklin Township, New Jersey. Further information revealed that the shooting occurred during a large gathering at Naaman Williams Park.

Authorities were able to locate and identify the victim as David D. Anderson at an area hospital where he had been transported by a civilian following the shooting.

Anderson subsequently succumbed to his injuries while undergoing emergency treatment.

A six-month investigation was conducted by the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, the Crime Scene Investigations Unit and the Franklin Township Police Department which resulted in numerous witness interviews being conducted during the follow-up investigation.

Prosecutor Robertson stated that as a result of this investigation on November 21, 2019, defendant Najee K. Croom aka “Na-Murder” was charged with 1st degree Murder, 2nd degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, and 2nd degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon.

Defendant Croom was served with his criminal complaint at the Middlesex County Corrections Center where he has been lodged since May 29, 2019 on unrelated charges stemming from Middlesex County. Defendant Croom will remain lodged pending a detention hearing in this matter.

Prosecutor Robertson would like to thank members of the New Brunswick Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and the North Carolina Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in this investigation.