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Two Suspects Arrested for New Brunswick Murder

By rlsmetro on
New Brunswick

Middlesex County law enforcement officials announced today that two men have been arrested and charged in connection with the killing of Rafael Florez-Lopez, 39, of New Brunswick and the non-fatal shooting of another man.

Police say on November 7, at approximately 9:55 p.m., authorities responded to the area of Seaman Street and Remsen Avenue following the report of a shooting.

Upon their arrival, officers located Florez-Lopez and another male who sustained multiple gunshot wounds.

Both men were transported to a nearby hospital where Florez-Lopez died of his injuries.

An investigation by Detective Victor Delgado of the New Brunswick Police Department and Detective Ryan Tighe of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office identified Jajuan Hill-Staten, 34, of Stock Bridge, Georgia, as the gunman.

The investigation also determined Quron Hoagland, 28, of North Brunswick, drove Hill-Staten to the vicinity of the shooting and transported him from the area immediately afterwards.

Police arrested Hoagland on November 12, and charged with two counts of first-degree conspiracy to commit murder, one count of first-degree murder, and one count of first-degree attempted murder.

Following a pre-trial detention hearing in Superior Court, Hoagland was detained pending the resolution of the charges and is lodged at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center.

On November 29, Hill-Staten was arrested and charged with first- degree murder, first-degree attempted murder, and second-degree possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose.

Hill-Staten was apprehended in Florida where he was taken into custody by members of the U.S. Marshals Service and the Winter Haven Police Department. Hill-Staten remains in custody in Florida pending an extradition hearing.

Upon his return to New Jersey, he will be lodged at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center pending a pre-trial detention hearing in Superior Court.

At present, the murder does not appear to be a random act.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Victor Delgado of the New Brunswick Police Department at (732)745-5200 or Detective Ryan Tighe of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732)745-4335.