FREEHOLD – A Monmouth County grand jury has returned a six-count indictment charging a Sayreville man with Attempted Murder, Bias Intimidation and other charges.  The charges stem from the beating a Freehold man back in May that included the defendant driving over his victim with a vehicle, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Jamil S. Hubbard, 25, of Sayreville, is charged with first degree Attempted Murder, first degree Bias Intimidation, first degree Armed Robbery, fourth degree Possession of a Weapon (a motor vehicle) for an Unlawful Purpose, third degree Theft of Movable Property and second degree Eluding in connection with the May 1 attack on Jerry Wolkowitz, 55 of Freehold Township.  The brutal assault occurred in the parking lot of the victim’s Harding Road residence.

On May 1, 2018 at approximately 7:15 a.m., Freehold Township Police were dispatched to the Harding Road apartment complex in Freehold Township. Responding officers observed the victim lying in the parking lot area with injuries to his head and body.  Wolkowitz remains in critical condition at a local hospital.

An investigation conducted by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and Freehold Township Police Department revealed that Hubbard approached the victim from behind, hitting him with his fists on his head and face, before dragging him into the parking lot.  The defendant then drove his motor vehicle over the victim. Hubbard then stole the victim’s car, which was later discovered abandoned on Bordentown Avenue in Sayreville.  Hubbard was apprehended at his home later that same day by members of the Sayreville Police Department. He has remained detained in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution since that date.

The investigation determined that the defendant did not know or have any previous contact with the victim prior to this attack.

The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office has filed a motion to keep Hubbard in jail without an opportunity for release pending trial.  This detention hearing is scheduled for July 12, 2018 before Superior Court Judge Paul X. Escandon.

Senior Litigation Counsel Maria Franceschini and Assistant Prosecutor Keri Schaefer are handling the case for the State.

Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State law.

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