January 6, 2018

    Crime Fighting App Help Police Nab Fugitive of the Week

    SOMERVILLE, NJ – Wanna help fight crime? If you live in Somerset County there is an app for that.

    Last month’s Somerset County Fugitive of the Week Justin Tomlinson, age 29, of Manville was arrested thanks to the STOPit app, according to a joint news release from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s office and Manville Borough Police Chief Mark Peltack.

    “On Friday, January 5, 2018 at approximately 1:00 a.m. an anonymous report, via the STOPit app, was received by the Somerset County Communications Center regarding defendant Tomlinson’s location,” Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson said in a news release. “Based on the information received, Somerset County Communications notified Manville Police Department and directed them to Tomlinson’s location where he was subsequently placed under arrest without incident.”

    A warrant for the arrest of Tomlinson was issued last year Sept. 11, for failure to appear in Somerset County Superior Court, according to authorities.

    He was initially charged with third-degree burglary, authorities say. Tomlinson is currently at Somerset County Jail pending a bail detention hearing, according to authorities.

    The arrest of Tomlison marks the second time the STOPit app led to an arrest, according to Roberson. STOPit was introduced to the public last year, Oct. 25 at a press conference in Somerville.

    If someone wants to discretely connect with law enforcement officials to report illegal behavior in real-time, they can use the STOPit app.

    The STOPit app allows for anonymous two-way communications with Dispatchers and/or Law Enforcement Officers who will obtain the information necessary to render assistance. Users of the STOPit app can “chat” with Dispatchers and/or send images and videos.

    During October’s press conference Robertson said STOPit can also be used to enable parents, friends and loved ones to report or request treatment service information relating to the opioid crisis utilizing text messaging. STOPit can also be used to help those in need to find resources for victims of domestic violence and child abuse.

    The STOPit app is available for download on the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, Access Code: SOMERSETNJ.

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