Authorities in Passaic County said at approximately 1:07 a.m. this morning, Paterson Police were dispatched to Belmont Avenue and North 10th Street in Paterson on a stolen vehicle report.
Police said while responding to the report of the stolen vehicle, officers were advised of a report of shots fired in the area of 125 Belmont Avenue.
Upon their arrival, officers could not locate the stolen vehicle or a shooting victim.
Police said a further investigation had officers locate the stolen vehicle at University Hospital in Newark. It was discovered that the car arrived with an occupant, Mr. Kyle D. Newton, 28, from Hillside, who suffered an apparent gunshot wound and was pronounced dead a short time later.
Police say the subsequent investigation revealed that Mr. Tahji Rosebrough, 22, of Newark and Mr. Newton were engaged in a Robbery in Paterson.
Authorities discovered that in the course of committing that robbery, Rosebraugh was the individual responsible for inflicting Mr. Newton’s injuries which resulted in his death.
Rosebrough was arrested without incident today by the Rutgers Police Department at University Hospital in Newark, where he was transferred to the custody of the Paterson Police Department for processing.
Authorities charged Rosebrough with Murder, first degree; Armed Robbery, first degree; Possession of a Handgun for an Unlawful Purpose, second degree; and Unlawful Possession of a Handgun, second degree.
The State has filed a motion for pretrial detention that a Superior Court Judge will hear.
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