by Jackson Police Dept.
On Saturday November 25, 2017 at approximately 12:45 am, Police Officers Ernest Thomason, Keith French and Michael Goelz responded to the Sunoco gas station located on North Countyline Road on a report of a female who had been run over by a vehicle.
Upon the officer’s arrival, they discovered a distraught female victim of a robbery, who also appeared to have been injured. The victim reported that she had been purchasing lottery tickets from a machine inside the store when a male who she had initially observed outside in a vehicle, entered the store and grabbed a small wristlet purse from her. A struggle ensued where the victim attempted to prevent the suspect from taking her property and grabbed onto the male suspect and both fell to the floor. As the struggle continued, the male suspect struck the victim repeatedly in the head, face and upper body as he held onto the purse and attempted to leave the store. The male was then able to break free as the victim pulled off a hooded sweatshirt and hat he had been wearing and those items were left in the store as the suspect fled with the purse.
The victim then followed the male suspect outside and when he got into the driver’s seat of his car to leave, she entered the vehicle on the passenger side in an attempt to retrieve her purse and stop him from leaving. The male suspect then began to back the vehicle up and repeatedly struck the victim in the face as he tried to push her out of the car. He then accelerated forward and dragged the victim a short distance through the parking lot when she fell from the car and the suspect fled the scene. The value of the purse and items inside were valued in excess of $200.00. The victim was treated by First Aid for her injuries.
The officers were able to get a partial license plate for the vehicle from a witness and they also viewed the security footage of the incident from inside the store at which time they were able to identify the male suspect from previous encounters with him. They were also able to locate information for a vehicle which fit the suspect vehicle description, which was registered to a family member of the suspect they were able to identify.
As the investigation continued, the male suspect was identified as Nicholas Bonaccorso, age 30 of Kim Court in Jackson. Warrants were prepared charging Mr. Bonaccorso with: Robbery, Assault by Auto, Simple Assault and Theft. The investigating officers checked several locations for the suspect but were unable to locate him. During this time, the officers also received information that the suspect had been contacting other people claiming he had robbed someone and needed their help.
On Sunday evening, officers received information which led them to the Hilton Gardens Hotel in Lakewood to search for the suspect. Jackson and Lakewood officers responded to the hotel and located Nicholas Bonaccorso and took him and another female into custody without incident. The female was identified as Jennifer Tayse, age 33 of Toms River, NJ. She was processed on an outstanding warrant out of Jackson and then released pending a court appearance. Mr. Bonaccorso was processed and later lodged in the Ocean County Jail.