Suspect in attempted murder will remain in jail until trial

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The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office has announced that Jamil S. Hubbard, 25, of Sayreville, will be detained in jail until his trial on charges stemming from the beating of a Freehold Township man in May.

On Sept. 28, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni said a hearing was held that day before state Superior Court Judge James J. McGann, sitting in Freehold. Gramiccioni said a determination was made to keep Hubbard in detention. The prosecutor did not announce a trial date.

Hubbard has been indicted by a Monmouth County grand jury and charged with attempted murder, bias intimidation, armed robbery, possession of a weapon (a motor vehicle) for an unlawful purpose, theft of movable property and eluding police in connection with the May 1 attack on Jerry Wolkowitz, 55, of Freehold Township.

On May 1 at 7:15 a.m., Freehold Township police were dispatched to a Harding Road apartment complex on the east side of the municipality. Responding officers observed Wolkowitz lying in the parking lot with injuries to his head and body.

An investigation conducted by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and the Freehold Township Police Department revealed that Hubbard allegedly approached Wolkowitz from behind and used his fists to hit Wolkowitz on his head and face, before dragging him into the parking lot.

Hubbard then allegedly drove his own motor vehicle over Wolkowitz. Hubbard then stole Wolkowitz’s car, which was later discovered abandoned on Bordentown Avenue in Sayreville, Middlesex County.

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 jail, Freehold Township, since May 1, according to Gramiccioni.

Gramiccioni said the investigation determined Hubbard did not know or have any previous contact with Wolkowitz prior to the May 1 attack.

According to the indictment, the grand jurors allege Hubbard committed the crime of bias intimidation … “with a purpose to intimidate Wolkowitz, because of Wolkowitz’s race or color, and/or knowing the conduct constituting the offense would cause an individual or group of individuals to be intimidated because of race or color,” contrary to state law.

Wolkowitz is white and Hubbard is black. The prosecutor’s office said Wolkowitz remained in critical condition as of Sept. 28.