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Police: Township Man Arrested For Two Robberies, Burglary

A 31-year-old Hempstead Drive man was arrested Aug. 27 in connection with two robberies and a burglary in the township in August.

Arismendi Daniel Frias was arrested at his home by township detectives after a search there revealed items reported stolen on Aug. 11 from a Clover Hill Drive home, as well as clothing matching that used in the burglary and two knives matching the description of weapons used in two armed robberies, according to a press release from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office.

Detectives performed the search after Frias gave them consent, the release said. Detectives used footage from the house robbery and other evidence to lead them to Frias, according to the release.

Police responded to the Clover Hill Drive home after being alerted by a tripped burglar alarm. An investigation showed that entry to the house was gained by breaking a rear window.

The home’s owner reported that several computers and watches were taken.

During the late morning of Aug. 13, police responded to a reported armed robbery at a Route 27 dry cleaning business. The victim told police that someone had entered through an open back door, brandished a knife and left after taking $100.

At about the same time of day on Aug. 26, police responded to an armed robbery call from a Route 27 convenience store. The suspect, who was wearing a hooded sweatshirt and brandishing a knife, fled before police arrived, the release said.

Frias was charged with two counts of 1st Degree Armed Robbery and one charge each of 3rd Degree Burglary and 3rd Degree Theft.

Frias is currently being held in the Somerset County Jail, Somerville.

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