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Arrest Made in North 4th Street Shooting in Paterson


Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Paterson Police Chief Ibrahim Baycora announce that based upon an investigation by the Paterson Police Department, Jefferson Acosta, 20-years old, from Lawrence, Massachusetts, was arrested February 20, 2020 in relation to an shooting/stabbing investigation that took place February 6, 2020 in the area of North 4th Street Paterson.

Police say Mr. Acosta is charged with Attempted Murder, First Degree; Unlawful Possession of a Handgun, Second Degree; Possession of a Handgun for an Unlawful Purpose, Second Degree; Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (knife), Fourth Degree; and Possession of a Weapon (knife) for an Unlawful Purpose, Third Degree.

According to police, on February 6, members of the Paterson Police Department responded to the area of North 4th Street Paterson on a report of shots fired.

Upon arrival the police located an 18-year- old Paterson resident, inside a residence on North 4th Street who sustained multiple stab wounds.

The victim was immediately transported to Saint Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson for treatment. While the police canvassed the area they located a spent shell casing and bullet on the sidewalk by the residence.

In addition the police located a blood trail that led from the side of the residence to the rear door.

The initial investigation determined that there were two actors involved and one of the actors possessed a handgun.

Based on the investigation Mr. Acosta was identified as one of the actors and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Mr. Acosta was arrested on Thursday in the area of Market Street Paterson.