Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora, sporting eyeglasses and a “We lift Trenton together” baseball cap, talks to a group of volunteers after they removed truckloads of garbage from Sanford Street on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. (SULAIMAN ABDUR-RAHMAN — The Trentonian)
A late-night shooting left one person injured and another man dead, spawning a homicide investigation derailing the new mayor’s community cleanup initiative on Bond Street Saturday morning.
“We are still going to do Bond Street,” Mayor Reed Gusciora said Saturday afternoon after he and a team of volunteers removed truckloads of garbage from nearby Sanford Street. “It got sidelined by the investigation, but we are going to continue on. It turned out Sanford was an all-day job anyway.”
Authorities identified the deceased victim as Jibri Chisholm, 26, of Trenton.
Gunfire erupted in Trenton’s North Ward about 11:55 p.m. Friday on Bond Street near Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, triggering a ShotSpotter activation in the 600 block of MLK. Officers quickly arrived on scene and found one man suffering from a gunshot graze wound and Chisholm suffering from multiple gunshot wounds just before midnight, authorities said.
Hours after bouncers removed Mycol Beckett from a city bar for violent behavior, he armed himself with a handgun and murdered Eric Rue, an innocent victim who had regularly patronized the establishment, authorities allege in court documents.
Mycol Beckett (left) is accused of killing Eric Rue (right)
Beckett, 29, entered Championship Bar and Music on the 900 block of Chambers Street during the early morning hours of Sept. 1. He got into a physical altercation with another male at the bar about 12:30 a.m., prompting bouncers to kick Beckett out.
About six hours after the bar fight, surveillance footage shows Beckett getting dropped off near the intersection of Chambers Street and Morris Avenue from a dark-colored Mazda sedan. Beckett then walks to the front passenger door of a vehicle occupied by Rue, leaning with his right hand on the door frame of the front passenger door, according to court documents.
Beckett then appears to engage the victim in a conversation for approximately 60 seconds before shooting the victim through the front passenger’s window, which was partially opened, Detective Scott Rich of the Mercer County Homicide Task Force alleges in an affidavit of probable cause. Read more
Alleged Art All Night gunman Davone White has been indicted on allegations he pointed a loaded pistol at a Trenton cop and in the direction of numerous civilians during the 24-hour arts festival that ended in chaos and bloodshed June 17.
Authorities are still awaiting ballistics test results to confirm whether White fired his black Tanfoglio handgun, but the Superior Court on Friday ordered the city man to be jailed without bail pending final resolution of his case, firmly convinced the defendant pulled the trigger.
“It’s a serious danger to the community — possession of a firearm at a public event,” Judge Anthony Massi said Friday at White’s detention hearing, “and discharging that firearm.” Read more
(From left) Briann Lindsey, Antonio Sloan and Freilyn Delacruz (NJ DOC Photos)
Three of Trenton’s most notorious killers have been sentenced to state prison following their recent confessions of guilt.
Briann Lindsey, 26, of Trenton, is currently serving a 15-year prison sentence at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women for killing her boyfriend last year. Read more
(left to right) Wilson George, Jashawn Smith and Juprie Wadley
The three men who shot and killed 15-year-old Maurice Wimbush-Jalaah at a West Ward housing complex in 2016 have each been sentenced to 15 years of state incarceration.
Juprie Wadley, 21; Wilson George, 21; and Jashawn Smith, 20, have all pleaded guilty in the case. They confessed June 25 to first-degree aggravated manslaughter, admitting they gunned Wimbush-Jalaah down at Prospect Village during the afternoon of June 11, 2016. The victim later died at the hospital from his life-threatening injuries.
Maurice Wimbush-Jalaah (submitted photo)
Police apprehended all three killers almost immediately following the daylight slaying, but George was initially released because he was not in possession of a gun at the time he was stopped. Smith and Wadley allegedly had weapons with them when police apprehended the trio on Louise Lane following the fatal shooting. Another gun was found on the ground on Louise Lane, and police later charged George with weapons offenses for allegedly tossing it before his apprehension. Read more
Mycol Beckett (left) is accused of killing Eric Rue (right)
A city man with a history of being arrested for gun violence has been charged in connection with the murder of Eric Rue. Read more
Police investigate a murder on Morris Avenue Saturday morning. (Penny Ray - Trentonian)
A man enrolled in the military who has roots in the capital city died by gunfire in the East Ward Saturday morning, becoming the latest victim to be killed from ongoing gun violence this summer.
Police responded to Morris and Commonwealth avenues around 8 a.m. after someone reported an unresponsive male inside a vehicle near that intersection. Cops found the car’s door wide open with 34-year-old Eric Rue inside, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to his body.
Emergency personnel rushed Rue to Saint Francis Medical Center, where he died a short time later, according to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office. Read more
A flurry of capital city gunplay left several victims wounded and one man dead on a festive weekend filled with back-to-school community events.
Shots were fired about 1 a.m. Saturday on the 200 block of Brunswick Avenue near Southard Street, fatally striking a 21-year-old city man multiple times in the chest. Police rushed Jakim Allen to Capital Health Regional Medical Center, where he died from his injuries later in the afternoon, authorities said.
The Mercer County Homicide Task Force is investigating the slaying and further details of the incident were not immediately released as of 6:10 p.m. Saturday. Read more
Trenton Police headquarters
The wife of a man who was shot and killed by an off-duty cop two years ago has filed a civil lawsuit against the city and the police department.
Kristi Williams, identified in court documents as the widow of Alfred Toe, filed a wrongful death lawsuit alleging that TPD Officer Sheehan Miles drank alcohol and “possibly” smoked marijuana prior to shooting Toe in the chest on August 27, 2016. Read more
State prisoner Anthony L. Concepcion remains in the custody of New Jersey Department of Corrections after his murder trial ended last week without resolution.
Concepcion, 26, of Trenton, is a self-confessed gunman serving a five-year prison sentence at South Woods State Prison while fighting Mercer County prosecutors in another case accusing him of shooting and killing 39-year-old Patrick Walker in 2014.
Concepcion had his day in court earlier this month, but his legal proceeding ended in a mistrial last Thursday due to a snafu involving the jury’s failure to follow instructions. Read more