According to Union County prosecutors, the 36-year-old suspect was involved in the death of a 41-year-old Brooklyn man last September. Police received a report of a shooting at the intersection of Jacques Street and East Jersey Street. When officers arrived at the scene, they found the victim suffering from gunshot wounds.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Elizabeth Police Department and the Union County Homicide Task Force began a joint investigation into the death. Investigators eventually learned that the victim was in the area because he was responding to an online Craigslist advertisement about a Mercedes Benz SUV for sale.
At some point, the suspects allegedly tried to rob the victim. Additionally, according to Union County prosecutors, the victim got into a physical altercation with at least one of the suspects after taking the vehicle for a test drive. The fight reportedly led to the fatal gunshots.
A 28-year-old Elizabeth NJ man was initially identified as a suspect in the case. The Elizabeth Police Department, the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Union County Sheriff’s Office worked together to locate the suspect and place him under arrest.
Another suspect, a 30-year-old man from Elizabeth NJ, was also arrested by police.
The suspects were held at the Union County Jail on separate $2 million bail amounts.
Both suspects were indicted by a Union County grand jury last week on murder charges. The grand jury indicted the suspects on charges of first degree murder and first degree robbery, as well as lesser related charges.
The following week, police arrested the third suspect in the death.
The third suspect turned himself in to police after a warrant was issued for his arrest. Members of the Union County Homicide Task Force placed the suspect under arrest and charged him with first degree felony murder.
The third suspect in the killing is reportedly from Paterson, New Jersey. He is currently being held at the Union County jail in lieu of a $2 million bail amount.
If any of the suspects are ultimately convicted on the felony murder charges, they could be sentenced to life in New Jersey State Prison. Moreover, unlike other first degree felonies, murder carries a minimum sentence of 30 years in state prison.
To learn more about this case, access the NJ.com article entitled “Paterson Man Charged in Elizabeth Robbery-Turned-Murder.”