Hamilton man accused of raping and robbing a 19-year-old at gunpoint

A 36-year-old Mercer County man is accused of raping and robbing a 19-year-old at gunpoint in a Morris County hotel on Christmas Eve.

Earl L. Kelly of Hamilton Township was arrested by Edison police on Friday, Morris County Attorney Robert Carroll said Sunday.

He was charged, among other things, with fourfold aggravated sexual assault, twofold sexual assault and first-degree robbery.

Investigators said Kelly sexually assaulted and robbed a 19-year-old victim armed with a gun on December 24 at the Holiday Inn in Parsippany-Troy Hills, Carroll said.

Kelly has also faced two cases of aggravated third-degree sexual contact, criminal fourth-degree sexual contact, second degree illicit gun possession, second degree illicit gun possession, and fourth degree grievous bodily harm, and third degree criminal restraint.

He was in Morris County Jail on Sunday awaiting an arrest hearing.

Anyone with potential information about this case or any related incident can contact Detective
Thomas Laird of the Morris County District Attorney at 973-285-6245.

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