Man Accused In Franklin Killing Hit Woman With Gun: Prosecutor

A New Brunswick man charged in a killing at a Franklin Township park in May now faces additional charges for an attack that took place shortly before the murder, the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office said. 

<p>Najee Croom</p>

Najee Croom

Photo Credit: Somerset County Prosecutor's Office

Najee K. Croom, 27, has been charged with murder and weapons offenses in thr fatal shooting of David D. Anderson in Naaman Williams Park around 11 p.m. May 18. Several people were in the park at the time, authorities said. 

The prosecutor's office said Tuesday that they have since learned that about an hour before Anderson was killed, Croom used a gun to hit a woman in the face, bruising her and causing her to bleed. 

Croom now faces charges of assault and weapons offenses in addition to the earlier charges stemming from Anderson's murder. He was being held in the Middlesex County jail. 

Anyone with information on the homicide is asked to call the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100 or the Franklin Township Police Department at (732) 873-5533 or via the STOPit app. 

The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to a smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ. Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). 

All anonymous STOPit reports and Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.

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