Essex County police recently apprehended a woman facing attempted murder charges in South Carolina.
According to law enforcement, the suspect brandished a handgun and fired a gunshot at a man in South Carolina on February 1. As a result of the shooting, the victim sustained significant wounds.
After the shooting incident, the suspect allegedly fled South Carolina and headed to New Jersey. The U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force investigated and tracked down the suspect in Newark NJ.
The suspect was placed under arrest as she emerged from a coffee shop near Broad Street and Thomas Street in Newark, New Jersey. Members of the federal task force were assisted by officers with the Essex County Sheriff’s Office.
The suspect, a 22-year-old female who lives in Lancaster, South Carolina, has been charged with attempted murder. Although the suspect will face significant criminal penalties in South Carolina, she would have faced similarly penalties had she been charged with attempted murder in New Jersey. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:5-4, a person who is found guilty of attempted murder or conspiracy to commit murder can be sentenced to 10-30 years in New Jersey State Prison.
After being arrested and charged, the suspect was remanded to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark, NJ. She was being held at the jail until authorities could get the okay to extradite her back to South Carolina.
For additional information about this case, view the NJ.com article, “Fugitive Wanted on Attempted Murder Charges Arrested in Newark.”