Police Arrest Newark Man for Kidnapping and Sexual Assault in Montgomery Township
Montgomery Township Police Director James M. Gill announced the arrest of Hajkim A. Samuel, age 43, of Newark in relation to kidnapping and sexual assault that occurred on April 8 in Montgomery Township.
Somerville Police Department received a 9-1-1 call on Thursday, April 9 at 5:42 pm from a victim reporting she had been kidnapped and sexually assaulted. Detectives from the Montgomery Township Police Department and the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit interviewed the victim, an adult female.
The victim reported that Hajkim Samuel, who is known to the victim, forced his way into her residence and held her captive at knife point. Samuel proceeded to sexually assault the victim numerous times in her residence and then forced her to travel to a hotel located in Middlesex County where he also sexually assaulted her. The victim was eventually able to escape Samuel and call 9-1-1.
On Friday, April 10, at approximately 1 am, detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, Montgomery Township Police Department, with assistance from Newark Police Department Officers executed a Superior Court ordered search warrant on a residence belonging to a family member of Samuel on Bergen Street, Newark. As a result, Hajkim Samuel was located at the residence hiding under a bed and was apprehended without incident.
Prosecutor Robertson stated that as a result of this investigation, defendant Samuel has been charged with 1st degree Kidnapping, 1st degree Aggravated Sexual Assault, and 3rd degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose. Defendant Samuel was lodged at the Somerset County Jail pending a detention bail hearing in this matter. Prosecutor Robertson would like to thank members of the Newark Police Department for their assistance in this investigation.
Prosecutor Robertson, Chief Fodor and Director/Captain James M. Gill request anyone with information relating to this investigation to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100 or the Montgomery Township Police Department at (908) 359-3222 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.