Ann Klein Forensic Center patient indicted in beating death of another patient

TRENTON >> A mentally ill man has been indicted in the death of a fellow Ann Klein Forensic Center patient who was beaten so badly he suffered a brain bleed and a fractured skull, authorities said.

The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office announced the indictment of 51-year-old Dwayne Hester on the charge of aggravated manslaughter in the intentional and unprovoked Feb. 13 attack at the Trenton facility of 55-year-old Daniel Rodriguez.

Hester had already been charged with aggravated assault with intent to cause serious bodily injury in the attack following an investigation by New Jersey State Police Trooper Jared Boyd, who filed the charge Feb. 22.

Hester was indicted on the stiffer charges this week, accused of bludgeoning Rodriguez with his fists and knocking him to the ground which caused him to hit his head and fracture his skull, prosecutors outlined. Read more

Six indicted Trenton double murder of Philadelphia rapper and friend

Top l to r: Lakeisha Hill, Shaquille McNeil, Tashawn Santiago bottom l to r: Cecil Blake, Felicita Gee, Fantasia Gee Photos provided by Mercer County Prosecutors Office

Top l to r: Lakeisha Hill, Shaquille McNeil, Tashawn Santiago
bottom l to r: Cecil Blake, Felicita Gee, Fantasia Gee
Photos provided by Mercer County Prosecutors Office

Six people were indicted for their alleged involvement in the double murder of an aspiring rapper and his friend that also injured a third person, authorities said.

Lakeisha Hill, 29, Shaquille McNeil, 24, Tashawn Santiago, 25, and Cecil Blake, 31, were each hit with charges of murder, attempted murder and weapons offenses.

Felicita Gee, 43, and Fantasia Gee, 24, were indicted on charges of hindering apprehension and giving false information to cops.

Hill and Santiago were indicted on the same charges, the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office said, as part of a 14-count indictment handed up by a grand jury this week.Read more

Prosecutors release more footage of Trenton Art All Night shootout

Screenshot of sercurity footage show people scrambling after the shooting at Art All Night in Trenton.

Screenshot of security footage shows people scrambling after the shooting at Art All Night in Trenton.

Footage that appears to be from the surveillance system at the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency shows people scattering in all directions as gunfire erupted in the early-morning hours of June 17 at the Art All Night festival.

The 17-second clip, released Friday by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, doesn’t show the shootout inside the Roebling Wire Works warehouse. But it does capture someone falling to the ground, in the middle of a scrum, after possibly being shot as others scrambled to safety.

The individual on the ground doesn’t appear to be one of the three suspects involved in the shootout.

Others were captured taking cover behind a Miller Lite trailer, as cops ran and took up tactical positions along the building.

The bird’s-eye surveillance appears to be from the building adjacent to the Wire Works warehouse and points toward Dye Street showing the outside of the warehouse and the parking lot.

The prosecutor’s office earlier in the week released several body-camera videos and 911 recordings from the mass shooting that injured at least 22 people, including 17 who suffered gunshot wounds.Read more

Authorities release bodycam footage from Art All Night shooting in Trenton

“He’s shot in the head,” a Trenton cop shouted on disturbing body-camera footage of the June 17 shootout at the Art All Night festival. “Come on. Let’s go. Open the door.”

Officers frantically grabbed the arms and legs of one of the three suspected gunmen, Amir Armstrong, as he lay on the ground of the Roebling Wire Works warehouse where a firefight erupted around 2:45 a.m. Father’s Day, and rushed him to a waiting cruiser parked outside.

The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office released several police body-camera videos and 911 calls Wednesday, in response to public records request from the news media, providing the most in-depth view yet of the chaotic aftermath of Trenton’s mass shooting. Some of the footage was redacted to protect victims’ privacy.Read more

Witnesses describe cops shooting possible suspect from behind at AAN shootout

A man who was shot and arrested by police lays outside the Roebling Wire Works. The man was identified by sources as "Dada" or Davone White. White was charged as one of the suspected shooters in the mass shooting at Art All Night on June 17, 2018. (Photo courtesy of Planet Princeton.)

A man who was shot and arrested by police lays outside the Roebling Wire Works. The man was identified by sources as “Dada” or Davone White. White was charged as one of the suspected shooters in the mass shooting at Art All Night on June 17, 2018. (Photo courtesy of Krystal Knapp - Planet Princeton.)

Davone “Dada” White, one of the suspected gunmen in the Art All Night shootout, is captured on grim footage bleeding in the streets after he was shot from behind by the police, witnesses told The Trentonian. Read more

Pedestrian killed in hit-and-run identified, police say an arrest is ‘imminent’

Neal Crews

Neal Crews

A pedestrian who was killed by a hit-and-run motorist earlier this month has been identified as 33-year-old Neal J. Crews, and police say an arrest is imminent.

Crews was hit by someone driving a white van near the intersection of Rusling and Liberty streets on the night of June 15.

Officials say the van was later found abandoned on Cummings Avenue, not too far from the accident scene. Read more

Teen murdered in North Trenton shooting remembered as ‘good kid’

It’s definitely summer in the capital city as Trenton mourns the death of yet another teenage murder victim.

Tashaughn Robinson, 17, was found unresponsive with multiple gunshot wounds to his body about 9:20 p.m. Friday on the 600 block of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, getting gunned down just a short walk away from his Bond Street residence.

Trenton camp counselor Tashaughn Robinson (left) was shot and killed Friday, June 22, 2018. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Trenton camp counselor Tashaughn Robinson (left) was shot and killed Friday, June 22, 2018. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

“He was a good kid,” a city man said Saturday afternoon of Robinson.

Down the street, a nearby makeshift memorial paid respects to the city’s latest homicide victim. The white cloth tied around a MLK Boulevard fence expressed “Rest in Peace” messages in Robinson’s memory as candles burned on the sidewalk.

“It takes a village to raise a child,” reads one of the messages on the memorial cloth. “You mentored my son. I’ll forever have a special place in my heart for you.”

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Man shot and killed Friday night in Trenton

It’s definitely summer in the capital city.

To cap off a deadly, solemn week, another person was killed Friday night in what appears to be a drive-by shootout. Read more

Videos capture ‘chaos’ outside of Art All Night before and after shootout

Screengrab from a witness’s video of the chaos that erupted when shots were fired at Art All Night in Trenton.

Screengrab from a witness’s video of the chaos that erupted when shots were fired at Art All Night in Trenton.

TRENTON >> Videos obtained by The Trentonian show a police presence of at least six officers, one with a canine, trying to disperse a rowdy crowd about 90 minutes before at least three suspects engaged in a wild firefight at the Art All Night festival.

More footage reviewed by the newspaper provides the first glimpse into the gruesome scene that unfolded inside the warehouse when gunfire erupted around 2:45 Sunday morning, injuring at least 22 people, including a 13-year-old.

The shocking videos, provided by a man who was there with his wife, captured the “chaos” leading up to the shooting and the carnage inside the building moments after the shootout.Read more

Officials admit they knew about Hamilton teacher’s post ahead of Trenton shootout

This makeshift memorial in honor of Tahaij Wells was displayed at the corner of Calhoun and Passaic streets. (Penny Ray - Trentonian)

This makeshift memorial in honor of Tahaij Wells was displayed at the corner of Calhoun and Passaic streets. (Penny Ray - Trentonian)

Officers in at least two police departments knew about a township teacher’s Facebook post warning people not to attend Trenton’s Art All Night festival because “they will be shooting it up” within roughly an hour of it being shared online.

Startling new details emerged Wednesday afternoon forcing officials to acknowledge cops from Hamilton and Trenton police departments had learned about Wilson Elementary teacher Danielle Grady’s widely circulated Facebook post as early as Saturday afternoon, about 14 hours before a firefight broke out around 2:45 a.m. Sunday at the arts festival inside a warehouse of the Roebling Market.

Investigators wanted to know whether Grady had advance warning of the mass shooting that injured at least 22 people, including a teenager. Most of the victims have been treated and released from the hospital.

Hundreds of people saw and commented on the post, but city police director Ernest Parrey Jr. said at a news conference Tuesday at the Friendship Baptist Church he was “not aware” of any calls to police forewarning of potential violence.

Danielle Grady

Danielle Grady

Mercer County prosecutor Angelo Onofri admonished the township teacher at the same presser for not alerting police.

Hamilton school officials Wednesday morning said Grady had been sidelined from teaching for the rest of the year after officials criticized her for not alerting police to the potential threat.

In an interview Wednesday afternoon, Onofri acknowledged his office has since learned a retired Hamilton cop forwarded the teacher’s post to the school resource officer at Hamilton High School West Saturday afternoon. Read more