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New Brunswick Man Charged in Franklin Township Robberies

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Franklin Township (Somerset) Somerset County officials announced the arrest of Duron Bridgers, 22, of New Brunswick, in relation to two separate robberies that occurred on June 16 in the area of Mindy Drive and on June 18 in the area of Ellen Street both in Franklin Township. According to officials, on June 16, at approximately 4:35 p.m., Franklin Township Police responded to a 9-1-1 call reporting a robbery of an adult male and a juvenile by an unknown male at gunpoint in the area of Mindy Drive in Franklin Township. The police investigation revealed that the victims made arrangements to meet with the suspect to exchange a PlayStation 4 gaming console. The exchange was arranged online and the victims stated that upon arrival at the exchange location, the suspect pointed a yellowish-colored handgun robbing them of the PlayStation 4 game console. Officials also stated that on June 18, at approximately 9:08 p.m., Franklin Township Police responded to a 9-1-1 call reporting two male victims robbed at gunpoint by an unknown male in the area of Ellen Street, Franklin Township. This investigation revealed that the victims made arrangements to meet with the suspect to exchange a PlayStation 4 gaming computer. The exchange was arranged online, same as the June 16th robbery. The victims stated that upon their arrival at the exchange location the suspect pointed a gun with a long extended magazine at them. The suspect robbed the victims of $300.00 dollars in cash and a gold necklace that the suspect ripped off of one of the victim’s neck. Detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and Franklin Township Police Department conducted a joint investigation into the two robberies. As a result of this investigation, Bridgers was identified as the individual involved in the robberies. On June 19, Bridgers was taken into custody by detectives in the area of Hempstead Plaza on Route 27 in Franklin Township. Subsequent to taking Bridgers into custody, a tan-colored handgun with an extended magazine and a PlayStation 4 game console were located in his vehicle. Prosecutor Robertson stated that Bridgers has been charged with two counts of first-degree Robbery and two counts of second-degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose. He was lodged at the Somerset County Jail pending a bail detention hearing. This investigation is currently active and ongoing