On 3/30/12 at 9:55 pm, the Township of Hamilton Police responded to Arbor Court in the Woodlands Condominium Complex for a report of gunshots. An initial investigation at the scene was conducted, but no suspects or victims were located. At 10:34 pm, HTPD was notified of a person seeking treatment at Shore Memorial Hospital for a gunshot wound to the elbow. The victim reported being shot during a robbery near the WalMart, which is adjacent to the Woodlands. The alleged robbers were described as black males, approximately 5’10” tall, and one suspect was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt. The victim then became uncooperative with investigators. Anyone with information may contact Det. Virga of the Township of Hamilton Police Department at 609-625-2700 x574. Investigation is ongoing with the assistance of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office.
On February 27, 2012 Hamilton Township Police responded to the 1700 block of Peacock Ct for a residential Burglary. It appeared that entry had been forced through a sliding glass door. During the investigation Ryan Askins age 18 of Millville NJ was developed as the suspect.
On March 27, 2012 Detectives arrested Ryan Askins for Burglary and Theft and he was also found to be in possession of a stolen vehicle. The stolen vehicle was reported on March 5, 2012 from Cologne Gardens apartment complex. Ryan Askins was charged with Burglary, Theft and Receiving Stolen Property. Honabale H.R. Switzer set bail at $15,000.00 full cash and Ryan was lodged in the Atlantic County Jail.
On 3/27/12 at 9:19 am Township of Hamilton Police responded to a residence on Charleston Circle for a report of a disorderly person. While investigating the incident the subject, Sergio Ortiz age 22, became combative and violently resisted arrest. Ortiz punched, kicked, and wrestled with Officers Bittmann, Graham, and Hartman while being taken into custody. Ortiz then caused damage to a police vehicle while seated in the back. All three officers were treated for minor injuries and released from ACMC Mainland. Ortiz was also treated and released from ACMC for injuries sustained during the scuffle. Ortiz was charged with Obstruction, Resisting Arrest, Aggravated Assault, and Criminal Mischief. His bail was set at $50,000 cash by Judge Switzer, and he was placed in the Atlantic County Justice Facility.
The Township of Hamilton Police Department is investigating a Robbery that occurred in the Hamilton Greene Complex on 3/20/12 at 2230 hrs. The victim was exiting his vehicle and was confronted by a light skinned black male and forced to the ground at gun point. The victim was forced to turn over an undisclosed amount of cash and his cell phone. The suspect fled the scene on foot.
The victim was not injured.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact Ofc. Rudolph at the Township of Hamilton Police Department 609-625-2700.
On 3/18/12 at 0300 hrs the Township of Hamilton Police Department responded to a Motor Vehicle Crash on Rt. 50 near the intersection with Birch St. Upon arrival at the scene a Ford Ranger driven by Ian Wilkinson, 26 of Belcoville, was found overturned in the southbound shoulder of Rt. 50. The vehicle which was traveling south on Rt. 50 left the roadway and struck a utility pole causing the vehicle to overturn, before coming to rest on the shoulder of the roadway.
Glendaly Mercado, 24 of Absecon, a passenger in the vehicle sustained minor injuries as a result of the crash. She was transported to ACMC Mainland by the Township of Hamilton Rescue Squad. Wilkinson was not injured. Wilkinson was issued a summons for Careless Driving.
The Laureldale Fire Department assisted at the scene. The roadway was closed for 2 hours as a result of the crash.
On 3-15-12 at 8:59 pm, Township of Hamilton Police responded to a motor vehicle crash on Almond Street near Leipzig Avenue. Arriving officers found a Mitsubishi Galant had struck a tree and burst into flames with two occupants trapped inside. The tree then fell on the roof of the vehicle. Sgt. Greg Ciambrone, Ofc. Jeremy Hartman, and passerby Carmine D’Allesandro of Mays Landing, were able to pull the occupants from the vehicle to a safe location across the street. Walter Harris, age 21, of Mays Landing and Hallie Thompson, age 18, of Estelle Manor, were taken to Atlantic City Medical Center, City Division, with serious injuries. Cologne Volunteer Fire Department, the Township of Hamilton Rescue Squad, and paramedics from Atlantic care assisted in the incident. The crash remains under investigation at this time.
On 3-15-12 at 5:01 pm, Township of Hamilton Police responded to a three car crash on Rt. 40 near Benchmark Lane. Investigation revealed an Infiniti sedan driven by Henry Rodriguez Jr., age 35, of Vineland struck the back of a Mercury Sable driven by a 17 year old resident of Estelle Manor. The impact pushed the Mercury into the back of a Jeep driven by Jamie Bombara, age 35, of Mays Landing. Both the Infiniti and the Mercury were disabled in traffic as a result. Westbound traffic was diverted for approximately 45 minutes as a result. No injuries were reported. Rodriguez was issued a citation for careless driving.