Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes, Paterson Police Chief Ibrahim Baycora, and Old Bridge Police Chief Peter LoPresti announced that Mr. Naszhere M. Jones, 22, from South Hackensack, was arrested today in relation to the homicide that took place March 3, in the area of North 6th and Clinton Streets in Paterson.
Authorities charged Mr. Jones with Murder, first degree; Unlawful Possession of a Handgun, second degree; and Possession of a Handgun for an Unlawful Purpose, second degree.
In addition, police said Jones is additionally charged with Possession of a Handgun for Unlawful Purpose, second degree; Possession of a Handgun During a Controlled Dangerous Substance Offense, second degree; Unlawful Possession of a Handgun, second degree; Unlawful Possession of a High-Capacity Magazine, fourth-degree; two counts of Unlawful Possession of Heroin and Crack Cocaine with Intent to Distribute, second and third-degree, respectively; and two counts of Unlawful Possession of Heroin and Crack Cocaine, third degree.
According to police, at approximately 1:37 p.m., members of the Paterson Police Department were dispatched to North 6th and Clinton Streets in Paterson, New Jersey, on a report of a shooting.
Upon arrival, members of the Paterson Police Department located Jaquan Harrison, 35, from Paterson, who sustained a gunshot wound, lying inside a building in the area of North 6th and Clinton Streets.
The victim was immediately transported to Saint Joseph’s University Medical Center for treatment and succumbed to his injuries a few days later, on March 7, 2021.
A potential crime scene was located outside the building where Mr. Harrison was found.
The subsequent investigation revealed that Mr. Jones was the individual responsible for the murder of Mr. Harrison.
Police said Jones was arrested on July 2, 2021, at approximately 7:30 a.m., by members of the United States Marshall’s Fugitive Task Force, the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department, the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office and the Old Bridge Police Department.
The arrest took place in the area of 901 Westminster Boulevard in Old Bridge.
Police said Jones was observed attempting to enter his vehicle but instead ran on foot when he watched authorities.
He was apprehended subsequently without incident. A firearm with a high-capacity magazine, crack cocaine, and heroin, were located inside the vehicle.
The State has filed a motion for pretrial detention that a Superior Court Judge will hear.
A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite this accusation, Jones is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office asks anyone with additional information about this incident to contact us on our tips line at 1-877-370-PCPO or firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Paterson Police Detective Bureau at 973-321-1120.