Law enforcement officials are investigating a fire that ignited Wednesday morning on the porch of a home owned by retired Trenton Police Sergeant Luddie Austin, whose son was shot and killed last year.
“I don’t have enough supporting evidence to say it was a direct attack on me, but if you attack my family you attack me as well,” Austin said. “When I was a police officer, there were death threats against me, including threats to burn down my house. They know my family lives here, and this was a threat to my family.”
Three people were shot Tuesday afternoon while attending a funeral for 19-year-old Cagney Roberts who was gunned down earlier this month on Girard Avenue.
“Cagney’s mother was hiding under the chairs right next to the coffin when the gunshots went off,” a witness said. “She was so hysterical; you could see it in her eyes. I grabbed her and told her she was going to be alright.”
Two city residents were arrested Saturday and later charged with murder in connection with the death of 24-year-old Jahmar Hall.
Daniel Angel McCargo, 28, and Curtis J. Grier, 27, are each charged with murder, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a weapon. McCargo is also charged with certain persons not to possess a weapon.
“In spite of low manpower, the men and women of our department are out there working their hardest and giving 110 percent every day,” Trenton Police Director Ralph Rivera Jr. said Monday afternoon. “While we couldn’t stop that homicide from occurring, we were active in finding that car and apprehending the individual with the weapon.”
Police are investigating a homicide in the city’s Villa Park section.
The killing took place around 12:28 a.m. to the 800 block of Quinton Avenue, according to Police Lt. Mark Kieffer.
“Officers were detailed on a report of shots fired,” Kieffer said. “Upon arrival they found a black male shot.”
Police investigate the scene of an early morning shooting in the City’s Villa Park section that left one man dead, police say. (For The Trentonian/SHAHEED M. MORRIS)
Doris Galuchie of The Mercer County Prosecutor’s office said that the victim, identified as Jahmar Hall, 24, of Trenton was gunned down in the street and taken to St. Francis Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at approximately 1 a.m.
No suspect information was available and the crime remains under investigation.
Police ask that anyone with is asked to call the Mercer County Homicide Task Force (609) 989-6406, or use the Trenton police confidential tip line at (609) 989-3663. Tipsters may also call the Trenton Crime Stoppers tipline at (609) 278-8477. Those wishing to text a tip regarding the killing or any of the other crimes can send a message labeled TCSTIPS to Trenton Crime Stoppers at 274637.
A judge refused to lower the $600,000 bail this morning for Joeryan Foreman, 20, who is charged in the gunshot execution of a victim whose body was then set afire in a car.
Two city men have been charged in connection with the death of 22-year-old Chevin Burgess.
On the evening of January 4, firefighters found Burgess dead inside a burning car in the 100 block of Hart Avenue. A medical examiner later determined Burgess’ death to be a homicide caused by a gunshot wound.
Calier Samad, 26, and Joeryan Foreman, 20, were later charged in connection with Burgess’ death.
A Mercer County grand jury has returned a 16-count indictment charging four suspected gangsters with shooting Kayron Jones to death after invading his home at 12:30 a.m. on Aug. 13.
Mercer Prosecutor Joe Bocchini identified the suspects Friday as Anthony Hemingway, Naquan Chance, and London Feliciano — all 25-year-old Trentonians — and Quosheon Williams, 23, of Lawrence.
Each is charged with murder, felony murder, three counts of robbery, burglary, three counts of aggravated assault, and multiple weapons offenses, the prosecutor said.
Two people were killed in the city this week, bringing the 2014 murder toll to nine.
“Right now, we do not have control of the city and it bothers me,” Mayor George Muschal said Thursday evening. “We cannot tolerate people hanging out on these street corners. We need zero tolerance, and we need more police manpower, which the (Police) Director and I are working on.”
Three people where shot, one of them fatally, Wednesday night in the city’s North Ward.
The shooting took place on Girard Avenue near St. Joes Avenue, and police on the scene said that all three victims were transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center’s trauma unit. One male was pronounced dead at the hospital. The other victims are being treated for a variety of gunshot wounds.
A man was found shot and killed inside a Smith Street home Wednesday afternoon, and police are working to confirm the victim’s identity.
According to law enforcement, around noon Wednesday, a man was found suffering from multiple gunshot wounds inside a home in the 200 block of Smith Street. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Sources say a woman found the man dead inside the house and then called police. Sources also say the man may have been shot outside the home and then forced his way into the property where he eventually died.
The home where the man was found Wednesday is located a few houses away from where a shooting took place Monday morning. But police were unable to confirm whether the two incidents are connected.
The homicide remains under investigation, and police are working to confirm the victim’s identity.