Father Of Alleged Dewald Avenue Shooter Turns Himself In, Faces Hindering Charge

The father of the man police say shot a person Jan. 3 on Dewald Avenue turned himself in to authorities.

Jason Lewis, 43, turned himself in to authorities at the Somerset County Jail, Somerville, on Feb. 10, according to a press release from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office.

Lewis, of Somerset, had been wanted for hindering apprehension.

Lewis’ son, Jaki N. Hooks-Lewis, 20, of Somerset, still remains at large, according to the release.

Police responded to multiple 9-1-1 calls on Jan. 3, reporting gunshots in the area of Dewald Avenue. Upon arriving, police found a 31-year-old man, who they did not identify, outside a Dewald Avenue home, suffering from a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to his leg.

The investigation, police said, led to Hooks-Lewis being identified as the shooter. Police said the elder Lewis helped his son flee the area after the shooting.

Lewis was charged with 3rd Degree Hindering Apprehension and was lodged in the Somerset County Jail.

Hooks-Lewis is still at large, police said, and should be considered armed and dangerous.

Authorities ask anyone with information regarding the shooting, or anyone knowing the whereabouts of Jaki Hooks-Lewis, to contact the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100 or the Franklin Township Police Department (732) 873-5533.

Tipsters interested in collecting the Crime Stopper reward must call the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477) or go online at www.888577tips.org or www.scpo.net, and click on either “Crime Stoppers” or “TIPS HOTLINE”. All Crime Stopper tips are anonymous and they will be kept confidential.


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