Trenton Resident Apprehended for Carjacking Incident in Hamilton

Hamilton Township Man Arrested in Carjacking Incident

September 5, 2023

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ – A dramatic carjacking incident took place on Friday, September 1, 2023, in Hamilton Township, New Jersey, leaving the community in shock. According to the Hamilton Police Department, officers responded to a report of a burglary to an auto in the 400 block of East Franklin Street at approximately 7:25 p.m. Witnesses described the suspects as two individuals dressed in black clothing. As officers were en route to the scene, additional 9-1-1 calls reported that the suspects may be armed with handguns and had just stolen a vehicle.

Upon arriving at the scene, officers encountered one of the suspects kneeling on the front lawn of a residence in the 500 block of East Franklin Street. Several witnesses positively identified him as one of the suspects. It was revealed that the suspect had stolen a vehicle after striking a victim in the head, rendering him unconscious. The suspect attempted to flee but was apprehended by an unknown individual who detained him until the police arrived.

The suspect, identified as 18-year-old Alshawn Chavis from Trenton, was subsequently placed under arrest. During the investigation, officers discovered a metal and plastic Glock imitation firearm concealed in the grass, a potential weapon used in the crime. Unfortunately, the second suspect managed to evade capture and fled the scene. The Hamilton Police Department is currently continuing their investigation to locate and apprehend the remaining suspect.

Alshawn Chavis now faces multiple charges, including carjacking, aggravated assault, burglary to an auto, aggravated assault with a firearm, weapons charges, theft, and receiving stolen property. He has been transported to the Mercer County Correctional Facility, where he awaits a detention hearing. Law enforcement is urging anyone with information pertaining to this incident to contact Detective Frank Palmieri of the Hamilton Police Division Major Crimes Unit at (609) 581-4041 or the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at (609) 581-4008.

This incident has left the residents of Hamilton Township on edge, as they grapple with the realities of crime in their community. The swift action taken by law enforcement in apprehending one suspect brings a sense of relief, but the search for the second suspect continues. As the investigation progresses, the community hopes for justice to prevail and for the safety and security of all residents to be restored.

Photo: Alshawn Chavis, 18, of Trenton [Source:]

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