Police identify 2013’s first homicide victim

Authorities have identified Trenton’s first homicide victim of 2013 as James Threadgill, 54, of Trenton.

Threadgill was allegedly shot in the leg and head after he allegedly cut someone in line at Passion’s nightclub on East State Street on New Years Day.

James Threadgill

After cutting the suspect in line, Threadgill pushed him to the ground, that’s when the suspect pulled out a gun while on the ground and shot Threadgill twice before fleeing the scene.

Threadgill was taken to the Capital Health Regional Medical Center and was eventually taken off life support.
Threadgill’s murder was one of five shootings that day and seven since Sunday, leaving one dead and 10 wounded.

“We’re fully investigating each of these shootings,” Lt. Stephen Varn said. “We’re looking to see if there’s a pattern or trend and deploy our resources accordingly.”

Threadgill graduated from Trenton Central High School in 1976. He had a brief body building career in the early 80’s, winning the title of Mr. Trenton in 1981 and won 3rd place in the Junior Mr. America competition in the tall division. In the mid-80’s, Threadgill began having a series of run-ins with police, getting arrested for assault in 1985 and served time in prison for committing a series of robberies in West Trenton in 1987, according to New Jersey court records.

Det. Jason Snyder of the TPD and Det. Robert McNally of the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating the murder.

Anyone with information regarding the homicide is asked to call the Trenton Police confidential tipline at (609) 989-3663 or the Crimestoppers tipline at (609) 278-8477.

Those wishing to text a tip regarding the homicide can send a message labelled TCSTIPS to Trenton Crime Stoppers at 274637.

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