Man goes on capturing spree in Hamilton, police say


A Trenton man, who was released from prison in September, allegedly stole a car and went on a shooting spree Saturday in Hamilton that left two people hospitalized with gunshot wounds, police said. 

Cedrick Hodges, 34, was charged with attempted murder, carjacking, aggravated assault and weapons offenses after he was arrested by Hamilton police. 

Cedric Hodges, 34 

Police responded just before 9:30 p.m. to the 2300 block of South Broad Street after a 53-year-old woman reported that she had just parked her car when Hodges allegedly jumped into her rear passenger seat and demanded her vehicle, police said. Hodges allegedly brandished a sawed-off shotgun.

The woman fled the vehicle and called her husband for help. When he arrived, Hodges fired his weapon at the couple but missed, police said. 

Shortly after that incident, officers searching the area observed a physical struggle between Hodges and a 67-year-old man on the 200 block of Lafayette Avenue, police said. Hodges fled the scene, police said, and officers discovered the 67-year-old had suffered a gunshot wound to his arm. 

The man was taken to Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton. At the hospital, police also located a 25-year-old Trenton resident who suffered gunshot wounds to the arm and chest. Police said he was also shot by Hodges.

Officers later found the sawed-off shotgun in an alley between Lafayette and Harrison avenues. Officers arrested Hodges at the corner of Genesee and Lily streets, and he was charged and taken to the Mercer County jail. 

Hodges was recently granted parole after serving a sentence for a crime spree he committed in 2000 when he was 17 years old. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2004 for a string of robberies and for raping two women over an eight-day period. 

Hodges served 13 years of his 20-year sentence and was released on parole in September, prison records show. 

Anyone with additional information about the incident is asked to contact Detective Scott Marshall of the Hamilton Police Division Criminal Investigations Section at 609-689-5823 or the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at 609-581-4008.

Paige Gross may be reached at pgross@njadvancemedia.comFollow her on Twitter @By_paigegross. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

 

 



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