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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."

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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