Quam Wilson, 23, of Neptune Township, started the blitz by shooting an Asbury Park cab driver in the head during a robbery, an indictment handed down by a grand jury in Trenton alleges.
The driver survived.
From a press release issued by the office of United States Attorney for New Jersey Paul Fishman:
Wilson engaged in a crime spree that began at approximately 5:00 a.m. on Nov. 13, 2012, when he shot and robbed a cab driver in Asbury Park. The victim, who survived, sustained a single gunshot wound to the head and was taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center. Wilson took the cab driver’s identification and debit card during the robbery.
Wilson then proceeded to a Shell gas station located in Ocean Township at approximately 7:00 a.m. There, he approached a gas station attendant and, while brandishing a handgun, robbed him of cash and fled the area.
Later that morning, Wilson attempted to obtain money from the cab driver’s bank account from several area banks. Suspecting that a theft was taking place, a bank employee confiscated the identification and debit card from Wilson and contacted police.
At approximately 9:00 p.m. that same day, Wilson committed an armed robbery at a taxi stand in Long Branch, again while brandishing a handgun.
During the early morning hours of the next day, Nov. 14, 2012, Wilson robbed an Exxon gas station in Red Bank at gunpoint.
A short time later, Wilson entered a Quick Check convenience store in Neptune Township. Again, he pointed a handgun at a cashier and demanded money.
Wilson was arrested at approximately 10:00 p.m. by several police officers in Asbury Park, where he had been hiding in an attic.
The 11-count indictment includes five counts of committing a Hobbs Act robbery, five counts of using a firearm during a crime of violence and one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.