The man being charged with the murder of his Bridgeton neighbor made his first court appearance on Friday. He is being charged with multiple other crimes in his community.
"Primarily the most serious charges are two counts of murder." 19-year-old Jacob Randolph is behind bars, accused of a slew of crimes. The one that brought a grieving family to court on Friday is the alleged murder of 44-year-old Enrique Santiago.
Santiago was shot and killed on Monday night when he confronted a masked man who forced his way through the front door of his South Avenue home. Police believe he was killed while trying to protect his family.
Neighbor. J.B. Jordan says Randolph and other teens have been seen causing trouble in the neighborhood. "I just lock all my doors and hope and pray that they don't come in here. We always have our phones ready to call 9-1-1"
Randolph is being charged with multiple robberies in addition to the murder charges. Including the armed robbery of a 34-year-old woman, on October 6th.
Police say he brandished a handgun, and then stole her purse. "A home invasion, burglaries, and employing juveniles and various weapons offenses."
Two other teens have also being charged in connection with these crimes. "They hang out on the corner late at night. It's terrible how they hang out, chasing and fighting," said Jordan.
The Santiago family chose not to comment while in court. The Prosecutors Office says they are asking for privacy at this time.
Randolph is being held at the Cumberland County Jail on one million dollars bail. He has already applied for a public defender.
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