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UPDATE: Piscataway Man Charged With Car Jacking, Robbery Of Township Woman

May Jerrold

Jerrold May.
Photo: Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office.

An 18-year-old Piscataway man who police said robbed a township woman’s purse, then later showed up at her house and stole her car by crashing it through her garage, has been arrested.

Police said Jerrold May was arrested at about 5:54 p.m. June 3 in Franklin, after he was seen by police driving a car stolen on May 23 from a Timberhill Drive resident.

The car, a 2011 burgundy Acura RDX, did not have a rear license plate, triggering a motor vehicle stop, police said.

May was charged with 1st Degree Car Jacking, 1st Degree Robbery with a Deadly Weapon, 3 counts of 2nd Degree Armed Robbery, 2nd Degree Aggravated Assault, 2nd Degree Burglary, 3rd Degree Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purposes, and 4th Degree Possession of Metal Knuckles, according to a release from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office.

May was taken to the Somerset County Jail, Somerville, police said.

The 58-year-old Timber Hill Drive resident told police on May 23 that as she was leaving a supermarket at Somerset Plaza on Route 27 shortly after 5:30 p.m., her purse was snatched by a man who escaped on a dark-colored bicycle.

The woman, who police did not identify, described her assailant as a thin, dark-skinned black man with short cropped hair, wearing black pants and a light blue tee shirt. She said the man appeared to be in his late teens to early 20s, police said.

The woman told police that she went home to make arrangements for her home’s exterior door locks to be replaced. Her 32-year-old son, also not identified, was visiting her, police said.

Police said that at about 11:15 p.m., the son went out to his car, through the garage, to retrieve something. Once there, he was accosted by a man matching the description of the man who stole his mother’s purse and also riding a dark-colored bicycle, police said.

The man this time was wearing a tan, long-sleeved jacket and a tab balaclava over his face, police said.

The man then hit the son on his head and body with a blunt object, but the son was able to retreat back into the house, police said. His mother screamed, and the man started to leave the area on his bicycle.

Police said the man returned to the house and kicked in a panel of the garage door and entered the woman’s car, a 2011 burgundy RDX Acura with the license plate ZWN-11T.

The man backed the car through the garage door, stopped and put his bicycle in the vehicle, then took off, police said.

According to published reports, May also admitted to three other similar robberies.

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