Newark police and Essex County prosecutors are seeking the public’s assistance in finding a suspect in the fatal shooting of a Newark Liberty International Airport worker in February.
According to authorities, the 26-year-old victim was waiting for a bus home at the corner of Broad Street and Camp Street in Newark on February 26 when he was shot during a robbery.
Police have described the suspect as a male in his early 20s with shoulder-length dreadlocks. According to reports, he was driving a silver or light-colored Ford Thunderbird with a sunroof. The car, which was missing its front left hubcap, was last seen traveling southbound on Orchard Street on the night of the shooting.
According to police, 15 minutes before the shooting, the suspect approached another victim near 265 Market Street. Armed with a handgun, the suspect demanded the victim’s belongings before fleeing on foot north on Mulberry Street.
In New Jersey, homicide is addressed by N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3. The statute classifies homicide as a first degree felony. In this case, if the suspect is caught and convicted of first degree felony murder, he may be sentenced to life in prison, with a minimum term of imprisonment of 30 years before gaining parole eligibility.
Authorities are asking anyone with information about the suspect to call the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force at (973) 621-4568. According to Newark police, a reward of up to $2,000.00 is available to those who provide information leading to an arrest or conviction.
For more information, see the NJ.com article entitled “Essex Authorities Seek Public’s Help in Finding Suspect in February Robbery-Murder.”