Somerset County officials announced the arrest of Jared L. Washington, 23, of New Brunswick. Washington was charged with 2nd Degree Possession of a Handgun, 2nd Degree Certain Persons Not to Possess a Firearm, 4th Degree Possession of Hollow Point Ammunition, 4th Degree Resisting by Flight and a Disorderly Persons Offense for Resisting Arrest.
Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson stated that on Monday, May 17, at approximately 2:46 p.m. members of the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Organized Crime and Narcotics Task Force Street Crimes Unit along with members of the Franklin Township Police Department were conducting a “Quality of Life” investigation in the area of Millstone Road in Somerset.
As a result of this investigation, Task Force detectives observed defendant Washington carrying a loaded handgun in the area of Millstone Road near Somerset Street, Somerset. Upon observing Task Force detectives, defendant Washington fled on foot while discarding the handgun in a rear parking lot on Somerset Street.
According to officials, a Task Force detective immediately recovered the loaded handgun in the rear parking lot as evidence. The loaded handgun was identified as a Glock 17 9mm semi-automatic handgun which contained 6 hollow point rounds in the magazine and 1 hollow point round in the chamber.
It should be noted that the frame of the Glock 17 9mm semi-automatic handgun had a different serial number than the barrel and slide.
Following a brief foot pursuit, Task Force detectives were able to apprehend defendant Washington who actively resisted arrest. Defendant Washington was ultimately taken into custody without further incident.
Defendant Washington was charged with 2nd Degree Possession of a Handgun, 2nd Degree Certain Persons Not to Possess a Firearm, 4th Degree Possession of Hollow Point Ammunition, 4th Degree Resisting by Flight and a Disorderly Persons Offense for Resisting Arrest. Defendant Washington was lodged in the Somerset County Jail pending a bail detention hearing.
Prosecutor Robertson, Chief Fodor and Director Spruill request anyone with information relating to this incident to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100 or the Franklin Township Police Department at (732) 873-5533