A 25-year-old Douglassville man charged with committing an “act of terrorism” in connection with a 2014 New Jersey bank robbery that crossed into two states was sentenced to seven years in prison Tuesday.
Jeffry Houir led police on a chase that began in Somerset County, N.J. and ended with his apprehension after a foot pursuit in Newtown on Oct. 31, 2014. The Hunterdon County Prosecutor says Houir entered Affinity Federal Credit Union on that date, and stated that he had a bomb.
“He then demanded cash from bank employees before fleeing the scene,” said Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns, III.
Houir was sighted again on Route 202, and was pursued into P.A. Police from Solebury and Newtown Township joined the chase, which ended when Houir crashed into a Halloween display outside of the Carousel Village on Route 413 in Wrightstown Township around 6:30 p.m., according to officials. He was arrested by officers from the Newtown Police Department.
Houir’s sentence was handed down as part of plea bargain in connection with charges filed against him on Jan. 15, 2015: First-degree robbery and third-degree possession of acetaminophen/codeine and Oxymedtholone, both without a prescription.
According to Prosecutor Kearns, “Mr. Houir pleaded guilty to second degree robbery and was sentenced to seven years in state prison with a mandatory requirement of completing 85 percent of the sentence.”
Law enforcement personnel involved in the 2014 pursuit also included officers from the West Amwell Police Department, Lambertville Police Department, and Detectives from the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office.