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Fourth Man Wanted in Backyard Robbery Arrested, Police Say

Scott August was arrested Friday in Newton on the outstanding warrant for the December incident at Madison Trail home.

Scott August (Photo/Hopatcong Police Dept.)
Scott August (Photo/Hopatcong Police Dept.)
A Hopatcong man who managed to elude authorities in connection with the robbery and assault of a group of people at a backyard party last month has been arrested, police said.

Scott August, 33, who remained on the run with a warrant issued for his arrest on robbery and terroristic threats charges, was arrested at about 4:30 p.m. Friday, police said. August was sitting in the back of a car parked outside the Marshall's on Route 206 in Newton when he was questioned by the Newton police.

The Newton officers arrested August based on the Hopatcong warrant, according to Hopatcong Police Lt. Thomas Kmetz.

Three Hopatcong men—Kyle Shalkowski, 26; John J. McKevitt, 24; and Shawn Price, 19—were charged with robbery and making terroristic threats after visitors to Shalkowski's Madison Trail home on Dec. 9 said they were robbed of $300, according to police.

The victims said they were threatened in the backyard by the men and one of the people was allegedly hit on the lip during the confrontation.

August was arrested last February on heroin possession and distribution charges as well as resisting arrest and was one of 25 people arrested in the October 2012 "Operation Roxicong" bust. August was also charged in a Mount Olive purse snatching last summer and allegedly attempted to swallow three folds of heroin as he was arrested on drug charges in 2011.

August is being held at Sussex County Correction Facility in Newton in lieu of $75,000 bail, police said.
Laura Taylor Oostdyk January 21, 2014 at 04:45 PM
2 John J. McKevitts?
Gerry Bingham Mattson January 21, 2014 at 04:48 PM
Why was he free if he'd been arrested previously for so many other things???
Eyeballs January 21, 2014 at 05:38 PM
another example of a hopatcong school system product... yes, failure is the norm... you parents are an absolute embarrassment... you actually allow your offspring to attend... you ought to be ashamed... camden ranks higher... the parents are more involved... thank you...
snowmom January 21, 2014 at 09:31 PM
Eyeballs, I do look at the Patch often and always see you very negative posts. I knew I had to write something this time. First of all there are many good children in Hopatcong. I have lived here for thirty years and have three children. They all went to Hopatcong schools and did well. How dare you talk about parents in that manner. You keep talking about Camden maybe you would do all of us a favor and move. The teachers in this town do a great job. It's the testing that is the problem. Also parents in Hopatcong are very involved. One last thing it looks like you would not pass the state test, proper nouns are capitalize.
ocean111 January 22, 2014 at 07:25 AM
Eyeballs doesn't live here, he just comments about our town. His wonderful town of Camden was on the top 20 list for Heroin, but I didn't see any comments from him there, lol. Think he is just a Patch junky and must be retired or has a lot of time of his hands.


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