Somerset County officials, announced the arrests of Khrystian Trahan, 24 of Crowley, Louisiana and Domenic Murphy, 19 of Jacksonville, Florida in connection with a robbery that occurred in the late evening hours of Tuesday, July 12, in Franklin Township.
Prosecutor Robertson stated that on Tuesday, July 13, at approximately 5:41 a.m., Franklin Township Police officers responded to a hotel located on World’s Fair Drive for a 9-1-1 call reporting a robbery.
According to Prosecutor Robertson, upon responding, officers located an adult male victim from Franklin Township who stated that he was forced into his hotel room by two individuals that were known to him. Once in the room, one of the individuals placed an object to his head and told him not to move, stating that he had a gun.
Prosecutor Robertson said that the two individuals proceeded to steal $450.00 in cash, a Bluetooth speaker and some alcohol before fleeing the area.
Detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit along with detectives from the Franklin Township Police Department responded to the scene to conduct an investigation.
Prosecutor Robertson stated as a result of this investigation, Khrystian Trahan was identified as one of the actors and charged with Robbery, Possession of a Handgun for an Unlawful Purpose and Unlawful Possession of a Handgun.
Also as a result of this investigation, Domenic Murphy was identified as the second actor and charged with Robbery, Possession of a Handgun for an Unlawful Purpose and Unlawful Possession of a Handgun.
According to county officials, On Wednesday, July 21, Defendant Trahan was apprehended without incident in Tallassee, Alabama by members of the Tallassee Police Department.
On Wednesday, July 21, Defendant Murphy was apprehended without incident in Montgomery, Alabama by members of the Montgomery Police Department, county officials said.
On Thursday, July 29, 2021 Defendants Trahan and Murphy were extradited from Alabama to New Jersey and are currently lodged in the Somerset County Jail pending a detention hearing in this matter.
Somerset County officials request anyone with information relating to the robbery to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100 or the Franklin Township Police Department at (732) 873-5533.
Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). All anonymous Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.