Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the arrests and charges of Sharese Peeples, 32, of Fair Lawn, on charges of Attempted Murder, Possession Of A Weapon For An Unlawful Purpose, Possession Of A Weapon, and Making A False Report To Law Enforcement; and Steven Mitchell, 31, of Fair Lawn, on a charge of Making A False Report To Law Enforcement. Isaiah T. Lee, 35, of East Orange, is currently a fugitive and a warrant has been issued on a charge of Making A False Report To Law Enforcement.
According to authorities, on Oct. 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 Peeples, Mitchell and Lee reported that two people entered the apartment at 18-15 Maple Avenue and one of them shot the victim in the face with a firearm. It was later learned that Peeples, Mitchell and Lee provided false information to law enforcement implicating that other people were responsible for the shooting, when in fact Peeples was the shooter.
Police arrested Peeples on Nov. 1st in Paramus and charged 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. Peeples was remanded to the Bergen County Jail pending a detention hearing scheduled for Nov. 7th at 9 a.m.
In addition addition, police arrested and charged Mitchell on October 31st in Fair Lawn with one count of Providing False Information To Law Enforcement. Mitchell was released with conditions following an appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court on November 1st..
According to officials, Lee is currently a fugitive. A warrant for his arrest was issued on Nov. 1st. He is charged with one count of Providing False Information To Law Enforcement.
Authorities state that the charges are merely accusations and that the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.