New Brunswick Gang Members Convicted Of Plotting Robbery

NEW BRUNSWICK — Two members of a New Brunswick street gang have been found guilty of planning to rob a North Brunswick resident, Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey announced today.

Lamar Jones, 26,  and Hopeton Brown, 25, both of New Brunswick, were convicted on Thursday, Sept. 19, of conspiracy to commit a robbery. Jones also was found guilty of unlawful possession of a handgun and possession of a handgun for an unlawful purpose.

Jones could be sentenced to up to 20 years in a New Jersey state prison and Brown could be sentenced to up to 10 years. They also must serve 85 percent of their prison terms before they become eligible for parole.

Superior Court Judge Alberto Rivas will sentence the defendants on Nov. 4 at the Middlesex County Courthouse in New Brunswick.

During a trial that began on Sept. 10, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office presented evidence and testimony showing that the defendants planned to rob a resident who lived at Woodland Avenue and Jerome Place in North Brunswick.

The defendants, both identified as members of the Bounty Hunter set of the Bloods street gang, went to the victim’s home on Aug. 26, 2010, but fled as police arrived at the scene.

The men were arrested and charged following an investigation by Sgt. Michael McGinn, Detective Mike Sauvigne and Patrolman Alex Obando, all of the North Brunswick Police Department. Investigator Craig Marchak and other members of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office Gangs, Guns and Drugs Task Force also participated in the investigation.

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