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Release*†††††††††††††††† Date: May 26, 2011
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County Prosecutorís Office
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† *News Release*†††††††††††††††† Date: May 26, 2011
Three men indicted in bank robbery, shootout
The 24-count indictment, handed up in New Brunswick on May 25, 2011, charges the trio with counts of attempted murder of three New Brunswick police officers, armed robbery, conspiracy, theft, eluding police, the theft of two getaway vehicles, receiving stolen property and weapons offenses for carrying five guns, including semi-automatic weapons and a sawed-off shotgun during the robbery on March 12, 2009.
In addition, the grand jury handed up three separate indictments charging each of the defendants with five counts of being certain persons not to have weapons, as each of them had previously served prison terms for various offenses and were banned by law from having weapons.
three defendants were identified as: Anthony Peterson, (DOB 12/30/65) and James
Holmes, (DOB 9/26/54) both of
A fourth man initially charged in the robbery and shooting, James Phillips Jr., (DOB 3/22/50), died April 4, 2009, from two gunshot wounds. Holmes and King also sustained gunshot wounds, but since have recovered.
An investigation into the incident determined that North
Franklin Township and North Brunswick police became involved in the pursuit of the suspects, who headed into New Brunswick, where city police officers joined in the pursuit.
The grand jury charged that the men fired upon Michael
Coppola, Adam Ramirez, and Steven Dunkel, all
The suspects ran to nearby
In addition to the Middlesex County Prosecutorís
The grand jury handed up charges in
As is the case with all criminal defendants, Peterson, King and Holmes are presumed innocent until proven guilty.