Newark New Jersey police recently arrested a local man who allegedly committed a violent murder in September 2015.
According to law enforcement, the 21-year-old suspect brutally killed a homeless man on Astor Street in Newark’s East Ward. The victim, a 57-year-old male, was said to be walking on the street when the suspect approached him and then shot him.
Newark NJ police officers found the victim’s body on the 200 block of Astor Street. Officials later said that the victim’s body was severely burned when police discovered it.
Newark authorities conducted an investigation and eventually identified the suspect as the likely culprit. A warrant was issued for his arrest and he was subsequently indicted by an Essex County grand jury.
Detectives with the Newark Special Enforcement Bureau then tracked down the suspect as a residence on the 400 block of Hawthorne Avenue and arrested him.
The suspect, a Newark resident, has been charged with multiple criminal offenses, including first degree murder, conspiracy, and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.
Shortly after being placed under arrest, the suspect was handed over to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Task Force, which processed him and then remanded him to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark, NJ. The suspect was being held at the jail in lieu of a massive $800K bail amount.
If the suspect is convicted on the most serious charges of first degree murder, he would be subject to life imprisonment in NJ State Prison, with a minimum mandatory term of incarceration of 30 years.
For additional information about this case, access the NJ.com article, “Man Arrested in 2015 Newark Killing.”