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Paterson Man Arrested in Connection to February Homicide


Passaic County officials announce that based upon an investigation by the Paterson Police Department, in conjunction with the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, Rashawn Pelham, 23, of Paterson, was arrested on September 1, in relation to the homicide that took place on February 10, in the area of Oak and Martin streets in Paterson. 

According to county officials, Mr. Pelham is charged with Murder, Possession of a Handgun for an Unlawful Purpose and Unlawful Possession of a Handgun.

County officials said that on February 10, at approximately 1:51 a.m., members of the Paterson Police Department were dispatched to the area of Dover Street and Oak Street in Paterson on a report of shots fired. 

According to county officials, officers were unable to locate evidence of a shooting or a shooting victim upon their arrival. While checking the immediate area, officers located Ms. Nasreen Yahsi, 41-years old from Hawthorne, in the area of Oak Street and Martin Street. 

Ms. Yashi had sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was immediately transported in critical condition to Saint Joseph’s University Medical Center in Paterson for treatment. Ms. Yahsi succumbed to her wounds and died at the hospital on February 11, officials said.

The subsequent investigation revealed that Mr. Pelham was responsible for the murder of Ms. Yashi. 

According to officials, Mr. Pelham was arrested on September 1, at approximately 9:00 a.m., at the Passaic County Jail, where he is currently being detained on charges unrelated to the homicide.

The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office asks anyone with additional information about this incident to contact them on their tips line at 1-877-370-PCPO or or contact the Paterson Police Detective Bureau at 973-321-1120.