A suspect who was captured for a violent and deadly shooting of a man in Irvington Township over the summer was arraigned today in an Essex County courtroom.
Authorities captured Mr. Altariq Thomas on October 1st after being on the run for nearly three months. He allegedly gunned down Mr. Tariq Patterson, 38, of Irvington in cold blood on July 8.
According to a statement released by The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, at around 8:10 p.m. Thursday, Irvington Police responded to Highland Terrace and Grove Street on a motor vehicle crash report.
When officers arrived, they discovered Patterson, 38, suffering from gunshot wounds.
Authorities said that doctors at University Hospital pronounced Patterson dead at 8:25 p.m.
County authorities charged Thomas with murder, conspiracy, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose and certain persons not to have weapons.
He plead not guilty during today’s arraignment.
The Essex County Prosector’s Office and the Irvington Police Department are credited with the swift arrest.