Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns, III, Chief of Detectives John J. Kuczynski, and New Jersey State Police Kingwood Station Commander Lt. John Beyers announced that Troopers arrested Curtis T. Niece, age 34, this morning after an incident in Alexandria Township.
According to Prosecutor Kearns, “At 8:52am this morning, State Troopers were dispatched to a residence on Route 519 in Alexandria Township after the defendant allegedly broke into a residence, threatened the occupants with a knife, destroyed the contents of the residence, lit a mattress on fire, and then fled the area on foot. He also attempted to break into a residence next door but did not gain entry. The defendant was located approximately a mile and a half away on Stamets Road by Holland Township Police Officer Harry Hults. He was taken into custody by Officer Hults and Troopers from Kingwood Station after physically resisting arrest. Detectives from the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office also responded to assist.”
The Prosecutor added, “It appears that the defendant and a female occupant of the residence had a prior dating relationship.”
Lt. Beyers said “Defendant Niece was charged by Kingwood Station Troopers with two counts of Burglary, one count of Arson, two counts of Aggravated Assault, one count of Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose, three counts of Criminal Mischief, and one count of Resisting Arrest. There are also charges pending for a vehicle that had its tires slashed in Milford. Bail for the defendant was set at $50,000 and he was remanded to the Hunterdon County Jail.”
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