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County Prosecutorís Office
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††† *Press Release* ††† ††††††Date:†††††††† March 13, 2009††††††† ††††††††
Four suspects charged
Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and New
Brunswick Police Director Anthony A. Caputo today announced that charges have
been filed against four suspects who are accused of firing multiple shots at
police officers during a pursuit through North Brunswick and
The four men have been charged with six counts each of attempted murder, and one count each of eluding police and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.
The criminal complaints, signed by New Brunswick
Detective Mark Pappas, accuse the defendants of firing upon five
defendants have been identified as: James Phillips Jr., (DOB 3/22/50) Anthony
Peterson, (DOB 12/30/65) and James Holmes, (DOB 9/26/54) all of
Phillips, Holmes and King each sustained gunshot
wounds and are being treated at
Peterson, who was not injured, is being held at the
The charges filed against the four men represent
counts pending against them in
A preliminary investigation reveals that North
The suspects ran to nearby
At the scene of the shooting, police recovered four weapons, including handguns and a semi-automatic weapon.
An investigation into the shooting is continuing. The state Attorney Generalís Office has been notified in accordance with applicable guidelines.
In addition to the Middlesex County Prosecutorís
Anyone with information is asked to call New Brunswick
Detective Pappas at (732) 745-5217, or Investigator
As is the case with all criminal defendants, Phillips, Peterson, King and Holmes are presumed innocent until proven guilty.