Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns, III, Chief of Detectives John J. Kuczynski, and Franklin Township Police Officer in Charge Dominick Zeveney are announcing that police arrested one individual after two suspects attempted to use fraudulent credit cards at the Franklin Shop Rite Monday afternoon.
Arrested was Malcolm C. Scott, age 23, of Brooklyn, New York. The defendant was charged with two counts of third degree Fraudulent Use of a Fictitious Credit Card and one count of fourth degree Criminal Attempt. The second suspect was able to elude police and is no longer believed to be in Hunterdon County.
According to Prosecutor Kearns, “The suspects were confronted by a manager at Shop Rite after being alerted by a cashier. The defendant and his accomplice then fled the store and were last seen running into a wooded area. A witness at the scene reported seeing one of suspects in possession of a silver handgun. A K-9 Unit from Readington Township and a New Jersey State Police helicopter responded to assist in tracking the armed suspects. It does not appear that the weapon was used in the commission of this crime and it has not been recovered. This is an active investigation and further details will be released as they are developed.”
The Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Bureau and Crime Scene Unit assisted the Franklin Township Police Department. Officers from Readington Township, Town of Clinton, Clinton Township, Hunterdon County Park Rangers, and the New Jersey State Police also assisted.
The defendant was remanded to the Hunterdon County Jail with bail set at $2500. The filing of a criminal complaint is merely a step in the criminal justice process. The defendant is presumed innocent until the matter is resolved in a court of law.