East Orange Man Accused of Removing Weapon Used in Fair Lawn Attempted Murder

Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the arrest of Isaiah T. Lee, 35, of East Orange, on charges of Making A False Report To Law Enforcement and Hindering An Investigation/Prosecution By Concealment Or Destruction of Evidence.

Officials say Lee, a fugitive, was apprehended on Nov. 14th and charged with one count of Providing False Information To Law Enforcement and Hindering By The Concealment Or Destruction Of Evidence Of A Crime, specifically by removing a small black revolver handgun from the scene and disposing of it, after it was used in an attempted murder of Steven Mitchell.

As previously reported, on October 26th, the Fair Lawn Police Department received a 9-1-1 call reporting a male shot at 18-15 Maple Avenue. The ensuing investigation revealed that Sharese Peeples, Steven Mitchell, and Isaiah Lee reported that two persons entered the apartment at 18-15 Maple Avenue and one of them shot the victim in the face with a firearm.

Officials say it was later learned that Mitchell, Peeples, and Lee provided false information to law enforcement implicating other persons as being responsible for the shooting and that Pepples was, in fact, the shooter.

Subsequently, police arrested Peeples Sharese on Nov. 1st and charged him with one count of Attempted Murder, Possession Of A Weapon For An Unlawful Purpose, Possession Of A Weapon and Providing False Information To Law Enforcement.

Mitchell was arrested on October 31st and charged with one count of Providing False Information To Law Enforcement.