Two Suspects Arrested for Franklin Township Murder

FRANKLIN TWP., N.J. – Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor and Franklin Township Public Safety Director Quovella Spruill announced the arrest of Mr. Ameer Harris aka “A Dot,” 29, of Camner Avenue, New Brunswick in relation to the shooting death of Mr. David D. Anderson, 30, of Franklin Township.

Prosecutor Robertson stated that on Saturday, May 18, 2019, 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.

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.

An ongoing 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 Mr. Najee K. Croom aka “Na-Murder,” age 28, Wright Place, New Brunswick 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. Prosecutor Robertson stated that as a result of the follow-up investigation surrounding the homicide defendant Ameer Harris was identified and charged for his involvement in the death of David D. Anderson.

On Tuesday, May 26, police say Ameer Harris was apprehended without incident by New Brunswick Police Department.

Defendant Harris has been charged with 1st-degree murder, 2nd-degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, and 2nd-degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon. Defendant Harris was lodged in the Somerset County Jail, where he will remain pending a detention hearing in this matter.

Prosecutor Robertson would like to thank members of the New Brunswick Police Department for their assistance in this investigation.