Man arrested in connection with Pinkey Priester murder

A city man was arrested Tuesday evening in connection with the murder of 33-year-old Pinkey Priester.

Around 10 p.m. on June 16, police were dispatched to the 300 block of Centre Street where they found Priester lying in the middle of the road suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Priester was then taken to Capital Health Regional Medical Center and later pronounced dead.

Sources told The Trentonian that Priester had been in a fist fight shortly before he was shot and killed, but police have not confirmed that detail. Sources also say that the person who killed Priester stood over his body and fired several shots as he laid on the ground.

Tomarkus Whitfield

Tomarkus Whitfield

Around 9:45 p.m. Tuesday, Tomarkus L. Whitfield, 36, was arrested on Division Street by Mercer County Prosecutor’s Detective Gary Wasko and the U.S. Marshals NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force.

Whitfield is charged with murder, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and certain persons not to possess a weapon in connection with Priester’s death. He is being held on $750,000 cash bail.

Police say the investigation remains ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Mercer County Homicide Task Force at (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 can send a message labeled TCSTIPS to Trenton Crime Stoppers at 274637.

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