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Linden Man Indicted For Attempted Murder Of FHS Senior

Wilson Winston

Winston Wilson of Linden was indicted for attempted murder, among other charges.
Photo: Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office.

A 24-year-old Linden man arrested last month for brutally beating and stabbing a township woman was indicted May 29 on several counts, including attempted murder.

In a release, Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey Soriano said a Grand Jury charged Winston Wilson with 1st Degree attempted murder, 1st Degree robbery, two counts of 3rd Degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and 3rd Degree theft.

In a separate indictment, the Grand Jury charged Wilson with 2nd Degree unlawful possession of a firearm, according to the release.

Wilson was arrested late on April 28, two days after police say he stabbed and used a barbell to beat the woman, a Franklin High School senior.

Responding to a 9-1-1 call around 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 26, officers found and identified the 18-year-old Vanderbilt Avenue resident lying in a pool of blood outside a neighbor’s home.

Police also determined that her attacker stole the victim’s 2009 Mazda vehicle along with a Sony PlayStation. The following day, the victim was able to identify her attacker as “Jesus”, and described Jesus as having the “New Jersey Devil” tattoo on his neck and teardrop tattoos near his eyes, according to the release.

Police identified “Jesus” as Winston Wilson, and on April 28, with the public’s help, detectives located the missing vehicle and arrested Wilson at an apartment complex in Edison Township. During the arrest, police recovered the stolen Sony PlayStation as well as a .38 caliber Smith & Wesson handgun.

Wilson is currently lodged at the Somerset County Jail on bail of $500,000.00 cash only.

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