Township Man Faces Weapons, Burglary Charges In Alleged Hillsborough Attempted Break-In

Jhamir Hoagland. Photo: Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office.

Quick response to a 9-1-1 call from a Hillsborough homeowner early in the morning of Aug. 16 averted a home invasion and resulted in the arrest of an 18-year-old township man on weapons and burglary charges.

Jhamir Hoagland of Taylor Drive was arrested by authorities after he allegedly returned to the car he and the accomplice used to get to the Mersher Court home, according to a press release from the Somerset County prosecutor’s Office.

The Somerset County Communications Center received a 9-1-1 call at about 1:20 a.m. Aug. 16, with the caller reporting that they could hear someone in their house. The caller said the their doorbell had rung and their motion detection light was activated prior to them hearing the noise, according to the press release.

Hillsborough police arrived at the scene to see two men in a fenced-in area near the rear of the house, according to the release. The two men ran away when they saw police, the release said.

The Somerset County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit and New Jersey State Police Aviation Unit searched the area to no avail, according to the release.

Hillsborough PD detectives investigating found that a basement window had been broken, and discovered blood on the broken glass, as well as a handgun near the home. Police said the the gun was accidentally fired into the home.

A suspicious car was also seen to be parked near the home, according to the release. A check with neighbors revealed that it did not belong to any of them.

Hoagland was seen returning to the car by detectives from the Hillsborough police and the Somerset County Crime Scene Investigation Unit as they were processing the scene, according to the release. Hoagland was seen to have an injury to his left wrist, and his clothes and shoes were covered in mud.

Hoagland was arrested without incident and charged with 2nd Degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, 2nd Degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, 2nd Degree Burglary, 3rd Degree Hindering Apprehension, Disorderly Persons Offense Criminal Mischief, and Petty Disorderly Person’s Offense Defiant Trespass, according to the release.

Hoagland remains in custody at the Somerset County Jail, Somerville, according to court documents.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100, or the Hillsborough Township Police Department at (908) 369-4323 or via the STOPit app. The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ. Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477) or online at www.888577tips.org or at www.scpo.net and click on either “Crime Stoppers” or “TIPS HOTLINE”. All anonymous Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.


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