An aggravated assault involving a shooting took place on Route 1 in West Windsor on the evening of Oct. 26 or early Oct. 27.

At 2:12 a.m. on Friday morning, patrol officers responded to the Capital Health Medical Center Fuld Campus emergency room in Trenton on the report of a shooting victim being treated at the facility.

It was reported that the incident possibly occurred on U.S. 1 northbound, somewhere in the area of the Extended Stay America. The victim was shot in the right biceps.

The victim, a Trenton resident, was said to have been standing in the shoulder of U.S. 1 urinating, when he heard a loud noise, looked at his arm, and realized he had been shot. He subsequently made his way to Capital Health for treatment.

Detectives interviewed the victim, a 36-year-old male whom they have not named, but they say the victim refused to cooperate and gave very little information as to what had actually occurred.

West Windsor Police gave no details on the victim’s condition. Despite the victim’s lack of cooperation in assisting investigators, police have been actively investigating the incident. Anyone who has any information is asked to contact Detective Carey Zacheis at the West Windsor Township Police Department at (609) 799-1222. They can also call WWPD’s anonymous tip-line at (609) 799-0452 or submit a tip at


DWI arrests

John M. Akorikin, 53, of Newark, was arrested Oct. 30 on a drunk driving charge. Police said that Akorikin was involved in a minor accident with another vehicle on Sayre Drive and was found to be intoxicated. He was also found to be wanted on a $500 warrant out of Newark. He was charged with a number of other offenses, including driving while suspended, operating with an open container in a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident, and driving with an expired driver’s license. Police said a passenger in the car, Richard A. Onchoke, 51, of Irvington was found to be wanted on a $1,000 warrant out of Millstone Township.

Laurentino Lopez-Olea, 25, of Trenton, was arrested Nov. 6 on a drunk driving charge. Police said Lopez-Olea was stopped on Route 1 south near Alexander Road for speeding and was found to be intoxicated. Lopez-Olea was also charged with a number of other offenses including, unlicensed driver and open container of alcohol.

Abhijeet Sarpal, 18, of Hamilton Township was arrested on a drunk driving charge on Nov. 5. Police said that Sarpal’s car, a burgundy 2007 BMW, was improperly parked across several stalls in the parking lot at the Plainsboro Library. Upon further investigation Sarpal was found to be intoxicated, police said. Sarpal was also charged with several other offenses including DWI within 1,000 feet of a school and improper parking. He was released into the custody of his parents.

Drug arrest

Justin S. Kertes, 20, of Princeton, and Carlos A. Taffur, 19, of East Windsor were arrested Nov. 3 on a marijuana possession charge. Police said they stopped a 2013 Hyundai Sonata on Maple Avenue for obstructing the passage of another vehicle and found that Kertes and Taffur were in possession of some 24 grams of marijuana.

West Windsor


A woman staying at the Clarion Hotel on Route 1 was the victim of a robbery on Oct. 4. Police said that the victim, a 41-year-old resident of Miami, Florida, was at the hotel waiting for her boyfriend to arrive. She was in the process of entering her room when a large man wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt pushed her into the room and then sprayed pepper spray in her face. The suspect stole her identification, iPhone and credit cards, and then he reached into her bra to look for cash. The suspect then fled the area. Police said the victim did not want any further investigation beyond reporting the incident.

Shoplifting arrest

David M. Peterson, 35, of Trenton was charged with shoplifting at Target in the Nassau Park shopping center. Officer Ted Hojnacki and Det. Jason Jones were dispatched to the store on a report of a shoplifting in progress on Sept. 25. Officer Hojnacki arrived to find that the suspect had left the store with a 32-inch Vizio television he had not paid for and fled the scene in a silver Nissan sedan. Both store asset protection employees and Det. Jones recognized Peterson from previous shoplifting incidents he has committed in the past, police said. Det. Jones signed a complaint for shoplifting against Peterson and sent it to his last known address.

Drug arrest

Jake K. Gargan, 21, of West Windsor, was arrested Sept. 21 on a drug possession charge. Officer Walter Silcox said he stopped a black 2005 Ford Mustang in the parking lot of Pep Boys on Route 1 for an expired registration, tinted front windows and other equipment violations. Officer Silcox said that during the stop, Gargan was found to be in possession of a sandwich bag containing marijuana, a zip-lock bag containing additional marijuana, a small container containing “dabs” (marijuana wax), a vaporizer pen and a small digital scale which had flakes of marijuana on it. Gargan was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, processed and released pending a future court date.

Store burglarized

That Pottery Place on Clarksville Road was broken into on Sept. 21 or 22. Someone entered the store by forcing entry through the rear door and stole money from the cash register.

DWI arrests

Khoi T. Ngo, 27, of Deptford, was arrested Sept. 18 on a drunk driving charge. Officer Frank Zicha said he stopped Ngo, who was driving a black 2016 Toyota, for speeding on Route 1 south and determined that he was intoxicated.

Myra J. Galloway, 26, of Trenton, was arrested Sept. 24 on a drunk driving charge. Officer Nicholas Barber said police were dispatched to the scene of a three car motor vehicle crash on Route 1 at Washington Road in which Galloway, the driver of a white 2001 Nissan Maxima, had rear-ended another vehicle. Galloway was determined to be driving while Intoxicated, and also had a warrant for her arrest out of Bordentown in the amount of $228, police said.

Simona Skackovaite, 38, of Feasterville-Trevose, Pennsylvania, was arrested Sept. 30 on a drunk driving charge. Officer Eric Woodrow said he investigated a suspicious a 2010 Mazda sedan that was in the parking lot in front of Fidelity Investments in the Square at West Windsor Shopping Center at 4:09 a.m. The vehicle’s lights were on and it was running. The car had driven over a curb and was stopped against a mulch embankment. Police said that Skackovaite, the driver, was asleep behind the wheel, and she was determined to be intoxicated, said police.

Allan Nelson, 55, of West Windsor was arrested on a drunk driving charge on Sept. 30. Officer Nathan Cuomo said he was dispatched to investigate a report of an intoxicated person who had just left PJ’s Pancake House and drove away in a black Jeep Wrangler. Office Cuomo said he located the vehicle, driven by Nelson, on Alexander Road and found him to be intoxicated.

Warrant arrests

Giovani Jimenez, 28, of West Windsor, and Qaadir A. Johnson, 37, and Bontina B. Johnson Saunders, 28, both of Trenton were found to be wanted on warrants after being detained by West Windsor Police. Officer Megan Erkoboni said police received an alert from the East Windsor Police Department to be on the lookout for a white Chrysler minivan involved in a hit-and- run accident, and was last seen traveling south on Old Trenton Road. The officer located the damaged vehicle abandoned in the East Picnic Area of the Mercer County Park.

A search of the area was conducted and the driver and two passengers were located at the Caspersen Rowing Center. The driver, Qaadir Johnson, had warrants for his arrest from Trenton ($1,200), South Brunswick ($500) and Hamilton ($150). Johnson Saunders was wanted on a warrant out of Trenton ($124). Jimenez was wanted on warrants out of Marlboro Township ($1,000) and Old Bridge ($500).