Suspect still at large following manhunt in Hunterdon County
Hunterdon County authorities say one man is still at large following a manhunt that began following an incident at a ShopRite in Franklin.
Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns, III, Chief of Detectives John J. Kuczynski, and Franklin Township Police Officer in Charge Dominick Zeveney said in a press release Monday night that police "were searching searching the area around the Franklin Shop Rite and Wal-Mart Monday afternoon after two suspects attempted to use fraudulent credit cards at Shop Rite."
Authorities said the suspects, who are described as two black males, were confronted by the store manager after being alerted by a cashier that they were attempting to use fraudulent credit cards. The men then fled the store on foot into a wooded area.
"A witness at the scene reported possibly seeing a silver handgun but that information cannot be confirmed at this time," Kearns said in the press release.
Police captured one suspect soon after he fled the store, but the other has not yet been located.
“One suspect was taken into custody and the second is still at large. We no longer believe that he is in Hunterdon County," the prosecutor said. "This is an active investigation and further details will be released as they are developed.”
Callers to NJ 101.5 reported seeing a helicopter hovering over Rt. 78 in the Clinton area as police searched for the suspect. units from the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Bureau and Crime Scene Unit conducted the search along with the Franklin Police Department and officers from nearby municipalities including Readington and Clinton as well as the Hunterdon County park Rangers and the New Jersey State Police.
Police are asking anyone with information about this incident or the missing suspect to "submit anonymous tips by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-321-0010 or by going to www.crimestoppershunterdon.com, or text messaging “HCTIPS” plus your tip message to 274637 (CRIMES). Tipsters can also download the free mobile app “Tipsubmit” and select Hunterdon County to submit anonymous tips via text messaging."