FRANKLIN TWP., N.J. – Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor and Franklin Township Public Safety Director Quovella M. Spruill announced that Crime Stoppers of Somerset County, Inc. is offering a reward of up to $2,500.00 for information leading to the identification and arrest of the individual(s) responsible for the homicide of Denny Sanchez, age 34, from Franklin Park, New Jersey.
Prosecutor Robertson stated that on Monday, November 2, 2020, at approximately 8:41 p.m., Franklin Township Police responded to numerous 9-1-1 calls reporting a shooting victim inside of a Barber shop located on Hamilton Street, Somerset Section of Franklin Township, New Jersey. Responding Officers located a male victim suffering from a gunshot wound inside of the establishment. Franklin Township Police Officers immediately began to administer lifesaving measures along with responding emergency medical personnel. The victim identified as Denny Sanchez was transported to an area trauma center where he was subsequently pronounced deceased.
Prosecutor Robertson stated detectives from the Franklin Township Police Department, the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, and the Crime Scene Investigations Unit, responded to conduct the investigation. The death has been ruled a homicide by the New Jersey Northern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office. Preliminary investigation is that the shooting was an isolated incident. No motive has been released by investigators assigned to the investigation.
Prosecutor Robertson, Chief Fodor and Director Spruill request anyone with information relating to this homicide to contact 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 your 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.
Note: The following information is based on a preliminary and ongoing investigation, which continues to evolve as investigators interview witnesses, review physical and electronic records, and analyze forensic evidence. The Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office’s understanding of the facts and circumstances may change as additional evidence is collected and analyzed.