Authorities announced that four men have been charged with aggravated assault in connection with a fight in Paulsboro Sunday afternoon that resulted in the death of 19-year-old Paulsboro resident, Amir Tarpley.
Officials said an investigation of the incident by the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office and the Paulsboro Police Department is ongoing. According to authorities, charged against the individuals involved in the attack may be upgraded once the investigation is completed.
Police arrested and charged Aaron Hickox, 18, Archie Hickox, 18, Arteste J. Ruffin, 42, and Kishon Pierce, 18. The arrested individuals were remanded to the Salem County Correctional Facility pending detention hearings.
According to police, Archie Hickox, Aaron’s twin, Ruffin and Pierce are all charged with committing aggravated assault by aiding and conspiring with Aaron Hickox to assault Tarpley.
An autopsy conducted by Assistant Gloucester County Medical Examiner, Dr. Charles Siebert, determined the cause of Tarpley’s Death was a stab wound to the chest and the manner of death was homicide.
According to authorities, Paulsboro police were dispatched to West New Street in the borough at 12:56 p.m. Sunday for a report of fighting involving knives. Upon arrival, officers found Tarpley suffering from stab wounds. He was pronounced deceased at Inspira Medical Center at 1:34 p.m. police said.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact GCPO Det. Michael Bielski at 856-649-9716 or Sgt. Kenneth Ridinger of the Paulsboro PD at 856-423-6222.