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Linden Man Arrested in Colonia Home Invasion

Brandon M. Soares of Linden was picked up by Woodbridge police and charged with terrorizing and robbing two Colonia women.


A 19-year-old Linden man was arrested just hours after he allegedly invaded a Colonia home and terrorized an elderly, bedridden woman and a 15-year-old girl.

Brandon M. Soares, 19, was picked up at his mother's Linden home after he had spent the morning threatening two Colonia residents. Police said that they received a phone call on Friday, April 13, at approximately 9:46 am from a woman in the Broadway Avenue section of Colonia.

According to , Soares gained entry to the home and struggled with the 15-year-old girl and threatened her with a knife. After subduing the girl, police said Soares tied her up and demanded money, repeatedly threatening to kill her if she didn't cooperate.

The suspect eventually untied the girl and left, but not before he made off with a gold necklace he tore from the girl's neck, prescription drugs, and a $50 bill.

In the struggle, the girl sustained non-life threatening injuries. Woodbridge Police Captain Roy Hoppock said the girl was "shaken up, but in otherwise good condition."

The bedridden woman was not harmed, he said.

Hoppock would not say if the girl knew Soares, who claims on his Facebook page to be a 2010 graduate of . He did say that Soares has no adult criminal record, but he wasn't certain if he had committed any juvenile offenses.

Police picked up Soares at his mother's home several hours after the incident and charged him with multiple felonies, including kidnapping, burglary, aggravated assault, terroristic threats, possession of a weapon, possession of burglary tools, and other charges. 

He is being held at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Facility in North Brunswick on $200,000 bail. Soares will have to put up the entire amount to get out of jail, Hoppock said. The court did not allow a 10 percent option because of the gravity of the charges.

Soares goes by the name of 'Grim Havok' on his Facebook page, where he has several disturbing posts and images that appear to have negative connotations towards women. On March 30, he reposted a picture of pop singer Rhianna after her boyfriend, singer and rap artist Chris Brown, allegedly beat her. 

Soares comment above that picture is to laugh.

On February 25, he posted, " "why do gooooood giiiiiiiiiirls .. like baaaaad guuuuuyss?" .. because they're [expletive] dumb."

The same day, Soares posted on his Facebook wall: "People take doing something for fun out of boredom so serious for nothing, if you don't like the [expletive] don't [expletive] read it and remove me. Simple as that."

Evelyn Rivera April 20, 2012 at 09:03 PM
I honestly feel like people would say anything to build a case.... If your going to list all the things that could have gave anyone clues as to what he was capable of doing don't start by saying he posted a effing pic of Rihanna when her bf kicked her as$. Let's all be real... Who has reposted something like that. If your gonna make a case talk about real ish.... Brandon seemed to be normal... Let's take a tour around out community and see what the teenagers are into.... He was into what almost every teenager is into. The only difference is that he didn't have a string back bone at home. Although it isn't his patents fault for the actions he committed, it starts somewhere. Brandon came across like he was dangerous. MONSTER!!! do you really think that he's a MONSTER??? a MONSTER would have not only robbed them but would have took the next step. He acted on desperation.
Danielle Mahon April 20, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Yes I do.... And she really isn't that responsible at all... I stand by everything Lindsey says on her. I lived in that area a long time... The things those girls put their grandparents through were crazy. Thats all im saying about that.
Danielle Mahon April 20, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Dear John, I'm not in denail for anything.... as far as the charges...I would say less than a handful will stick... You know I heard on the news... He cut her....Thats a new one... With all the media and the stories going on around this...who knows what will happen... Especially with the WPD coaching its victim. A girl that can barely remember what happen yeaterday!
Danielle Mahon April 20, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Sorry Deborah.... No such thing as confidence with a Reporter... sorry!
Danielle Mahon April 20, 2012 at 11:46 PM
She has a sister a year younger than him.
Danielle Mahon April 20, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Look lady (Marilena)... I only read one sentence you wrote.... Are ignorance was taught by you in this matter... You obviously have no life to where you sent this article to hundreds of people on Facebook... So you just have no life and like to start drama... You took the extra mile to post this article everywhere so opinion is nothing. You just like gossip like the rest of your little white collar friends that have their heads stuck in (well lets say a bucket) because you prissy self have nothing else better to do than gossip about others... BYE LADY!!!
Danielle Mahon April 20, 2012 at 11:54 PM
So how come you to aren't behind bars... Judging should be a crime and from how you talk... You wouldve been locked up a long time ago!
Danielle Mahon April 20, 2012 at 11:56 PM
No Joan... Its 2 or 3 posts above this one.
Danielle Mahon April 21, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Now I read your whole comment... How many years have you known the victims... lol... Really lady.. your clueless... Nice Job.. you almost sounded convincing... I have personally gone there and helped that woman (before she became bedridden and was still in the wheelchair) get order in her house... So don't try it!!! Go back to gossipville!!! Like I said before you sent this article to a couple hundred people on FB cause you have no life... So if you consider us low lives... I guess your just jealous because you have no life what so ever. So go and break bread with someone who will believe you!
Not Telling April 21, 2012 at 02:23 AM
I dont understand how you can defend his actions at all. He is a grown ass man who made a choice to do what he did. How can you feel bad for him? Would you feel bad if it was you tied up, and he had a knife threatening to kill you? No I don't think so. I don't know the whole story and none of you actually do so this needs to stop. Just because your his 'friend' doesn't mean anything. He can and will lie to who ever asks him what happened. Im not saying he's a monster, but I do think he needs to be in jail and learn his lesson. He's obviously on drugs or something too. All I know is I went to school with him and he creeped me the hell out. He also stole money from my friend, so thats how I know he's not all that great of a person. Just because you saw him around school and he seemed like Mr. Wonderful, doesn't mean anything people. Looks can be deceiving.
Tracy B April 21, 2012 at 06:18 AM
Evelyn, - Well, put...... Thank you for clarifying on a few issues.... Including one I said!!!! - No one but the accused & accuse know the truth.......
Tamara Winfrey April 21, 2012 at 02:14 PM
That doesn't explain why a 19 year old man was hanging out with a 15 year old girl.
Danielle Mahon April 21, 2012 at 02:41 PM
I have to laugh at how everyone is calling a 19 year old a man.. I don't consider anyone under 21 a man or a woman... 19 year olds still have alot to learn in life.. So I guess you were a 19 year old that was stubborn and swore they knew everything about life... SMH... All these kids grew up together in the same neighborhood stupid!
Marilena Celii LaBarbera April 21, 2012 at 08:15 PM
@Danielle Mahon...I've known the Family for 40 years! Is that long enough for you! How long have you known the defendant? Thru High School maybe? I have a life, filled with Good family and GOOD friends. PS. Is not Gossip when it's the TRUTH!! GUILTY <------ Last Word LOL <----- Last Laugh
joey caster April 21, 2012 at 08:54 PM
how can you defend him for what he did to this 15 year old girl it wasn't just a robbery he tormented this girl how would you people like it if this was your daughter being threatened had a nife to her back tired of throwing down the stairs and beat up I don't even think you people could evern imagine how it feels she traumatized for the rest of her life from a man she don't even know and everyone to get your facts straight before you start talking the only two pepole that no what happend is the man and the girl and dont say dont juge him when people are judging that house hold and about the 15 year old girl being,home with a elderly women she 15 she the age to stay home alone you people act like she 9 years old shes not ! And for ur info the father was home all night it happpen when he left in the moring I no becuse that 15 year old girl is,my friend you people really need practice before you preach!!
Can't shut me up April 21, 2012 at 09:54 PM
OOPS....I guess I'm a criminal because I didn't tie up and terrorize a kid and a bedrriden elderly women with a knife. Danielle you're are so freaken PATHETIC. How long before you're behind bars with your friend.....Only a real LOSER would defend this MONSTER!!!! I've seem his facebook.....SCAREY!!!!!
Danielle Mahon April 21, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Well than the 15 year old girl should stop changing her stories. I've known both families for about 10 years... Mrs. Marilena... If your that old... Act like it. And if you known the family that long... Then you know all the problems those girl put S----- through and what they put their grandparents through and the 15 year old wasn't even shook up that much... But Marilena you know that already then since you know the family that well. My point was the story published above bent the truth a little.. Yes for what he is found guilty of ... he should be punished but as for the story getting blown out of the water and extended with different endings popping up here and there.... It's not the whole truth. And again... a 15 year old does not have a nursing degree and that 15 year old really doesn't have the level of intelligence to care for an elderly woman on her own.
Can't shut me up April 21, 2012 at 11:16 PM
@Danielle Mahon Get over yourself. Stop defending TRASH. Nowhere in the law does it say the girl needs a nursing degree to tend to her grandmother. People like you are what's wrong with the world. All the whinning you can do is not going to change anyone's mind. Bird of a feather DO flock together. GUILTY <------ The last words your hoodlum bud will hear. Kiss him bye bye because he'll not see the light of day for .....20 years.....GOD WILLING!!!!!
Deborah Bell (Editor) April 21, 2012 at 11:35 PM
A reminder: no namecalling. We're all (hopefully) out of grade school. Treat others as you'd want to be treated. Thanks for the cooperation.
Lindsey TylerMarie April 21, 2012 at 11:37 PM
@Marilena Celii LaBarbera you think you are really smart . first off , i don't care if you knew that family for 40 years . and like i stated earlier , i did know brandon since we were little kids in elementry school . and whoever said earlier about him killing little animals , yer just a sicko . he never did that . me and him were actually in a critter club together and we had hamsters together . like i said , he was the sweetest kid . and whoever said earlier that he stole money from someone in school so that made him a bad kid , thats bullcrap . i can name multiple kids in school who stole another kids cell phone or money or anything else . doesnt make anyone a bad kid . sometimes people act out of desperation . doesnt mean anything . all of you people on here are trying to make legit points but none of you actualy are . the way that you are talking about every little move that this kid made , every single teenager has done something close to those things . its a teenage thing . and your sitting here trying to act like there are rediculous things on his facebook . if you read , that picture of rihanna was REPOSTED . which means that he reposted it from another person on facebook . he didnt make it . its the internet people , chill the hell out . im sure yu laughed at something inappropriate in your life so just stop trying to make him look like a bad person . and like danielle said , that girl needs to get her story straight and stop changing it every 2 minutes .
joey caster April 22, 2012 at 02:08 PM
@ lindsey that girl has her story straight what do you no not one thing you can defend him all you what its not changing anything ...thats why im here to defend the girl becuse shes my friend and you can stop talkin about the house hold it dont got nutting to do with what whent on there you wouldnt want this to happen to you its not about the robbery its more about the girl she got hurt she could of got killed you people need to get ur facts staright you dont even no whats goin on
John April 22, 2012 at 02:14 PM
What is wrong with you? You say that "i can name multiple kids in school who stole another kids cell phone or money or anything else . doesnt make anyone a bad kid . sometimes people act out of desperation . doesnt mean anything"... Why isn't stealing from someone else a big deal to you? Desperation (as you call it) DOES NOT EXCUSE anyone from doing it. Stealing from someone else DOES make you a bad kid, whatever the reason- why can;t you see that? It means somehting to the person that was stolen from... wow, you amaze me.
John smith April 22, 2012 at 08:18 PM
No
John smith April 22, 2012 at 08:39 PM
All i can say he is guilty guilty guilty
Lindsey TylerMarie April 22, 2012 at 11:01 PM
i'm not going to fight with you people anymore . be close minded and judgemental . but watch , karma will come around . (: goodbye folks . (:
kate April 23, 2012 at 05:56 PM
No LINDSEY ur so judgemental talking about someones house hold isnt judgemental ? theres nutting you can do now hes guilty!! And him robbing a house and traumatizing a girl for life is not a MISTAKE he want it to do it
BobDee April 30, 2012 at 01:28 AM
Tying up and robbing aside, Invading the home of two woman, one bed ridden inclines one to believe he cased the house and planned this. Home invasion in Colonia??? He's lucky to be alive. (New Jersey Statutes 2C:3-4)
Gabriel j. May 22, 2012 at 12:26 AM
I went to school with and lived on the same street with Brandon. He was a normal kid with problems just like any of you peoples kids. There's no telling what exactly influenced Brandon to do what he did whether it was drugs or the people around him. Everybody makes mistakes that could lead to bigger problems like this one. He went down a bad path. It happens to the best of us. You would be surprised what percentage of "normal" people think of doing monstrous things like this everyday. Im sorry to hear my old friend Brandon messed up and hopefully he gets his life together in there the way I did. And to all you narrow minded punks that look down on him. I hope u someday have to live his life and feel whatever pressure he felt and I hope u have to go to that damn jail and even prison. It's so sick in there. The things it does to the human mind are sick. If you never been to hell don't wish it upon somebody else. Nobody here knows what he needed the money for or whether or not it was a life or death situation for him because things like that happen everyday in jersey and a lot of you perfect life people walk by it everyday.
BobDee May 23, 2012 at 03:22 AM
It's all fun and games til someone ends up dead. Wanna talk about karma? Brandon made some choices, his choices where life changingly bad, society has a set of rules,we call them laws, Brandon broke several of them with the choices he made, he now has to face the repercussions of said choice's which will probably include jail time, that's karma. That said... There is no justification whatsoever for someone to break into someone else's property and steal or cause harm to it's owners, like I stated earlier, he's lucky to be alive.
Tracy B May 23, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Listen, non of you know the real deal..... I'm friends with the mother and have been by her side from the beginning. None of you know the truth but I do know that this article was beefed up to make Brandon look worse off then what happened, THAT'S A FACT!!! I do not care what the reporter of this article has to say the whole truth is NOT here........ IT WAS NOT THE GIRL WHO CALLED THE COPS!!! THE GIRL ACTUALLY LET HIM GO AND WAS NOT GOING TO SAY A WORD!!!! Someone else called, unknown as to who...... As for your comment BobDee...... Yes he is lucky to be alive con-cindering the facts that were left behind in his plan... THERE IS PROOF TO HIS PLAN AND IN HIS OWN ADMISSIONS!!! SO SEEING THAT NONE OF YOU KNOW THE REAL STORY, YOU KNOW PARTIAL TRUTH, TAKE THE SIDE OF A FAULTS STORY PRINTED...... WHY DON'T YOU ALL WAIT TO SEE WHAT REALLY HAPPENS AND WHAT THE REAL TRUTH IS BEFORE SETTING HIS SENTENCE!!!!

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