SOMERVILLE, N.J. (PIX11) — Even though she’d been badly stabbed and brutally beaten, a Franklin Township teenager somehow managed to get out of her home, where neighbors were able to help.
Now, a young man she knew is behind bars after he appeared before a judge Tuesday on charges that he attempted to murder her.
Winston “Jesus” Wilson, 24, gave only yes or no answers to the judge in Somerset County Court. A long list of serious charges is what he faced in relation to the severe injuries inflicted on his alleged victim, 18.
“First degree attempted murder,” said Assistant Prosecutor William Gould in court, with additional charges following. “First degree robbery, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a handgun.”
Prosecutors said that Wilson had been in the girl’s home on Vanderbilt Avenue in Franklin Township, along with other young people last Friday night. Wilson stayed all night long, and evidence shows that he had been in the girl’s room. A lot of her blood was found there.
Around 6:00 A.M. Saturday, she emerged from the house with cuts, stab wounds and bruises all over her body. Police responded after someone had called them to report the scene. Meanwhile, investigators said, Wilson had escaped in the car belonging to the young woman’s parents, who were out of state at the time.
PIX11 News broadcast a description of the 2009 black four-door Mazda sedan. Prosecutors said that because of that information getting out to the public, detectives were able to track down the car to a building at an apartment complex in Edison, New Jersey, early Monday morning.
They subsequently found Wilson at the apartment building and arrested him Monday night around 10:50.
Because of “the seriousness of the crimes,” according to the judge, bail for Wilson was set at $500,000 cash. It has not been posted.
The victim, whose identity investigators are not revealing, is in critical condition, but sources close to the case say that she is expected to recover.
Investigators intend to interview the victim once her condition allows.