UPDATE: Perth Amboy Male Riding Lyft Arrested in Connection with Edison Gas Station Murder
An 18-year-old Perth Amboy male allegedly responsible for the fatal shooting of a gas station convenience store clerk was taken into custody.
According to authorities, at approximately 12:45 pm on Dec. 20th the Perth Amboy Police Department received a call from the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office to assist them and Edison detectives in stopping a motor vehicle that was suspected to be involved in a homicide investigation.
Officials say that when the call came in, the vehicle was traveling on Convery Boulevard (State Hwy 35), just blocks away from where officers were working an off-duty traffic job.
Perth Amboy Officers spotted the suspect vehicle and trailed it until county and Edison detectives conducted a felony stop.
According preliminary reports, an 18-year-old Perth Amboy resident was taken into custody by the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office. Both the man in custody and a detective from the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office were transported to the Edison Police Department by a Perth Amboy officer utilizing PAPD vehicle 808.
An uninvolved 17-year-old female passenger from the vehicle that had been stopped was transported home by PAPD juvenile detectives and her mother was made aware of what had transpired. Investigating officers determined that the male in custody and the female were not traveling together but instead using Lyft’s Ride-Share program.
Edison police and Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Officers remained at the scene with the vehicle and its registered owner awaiting a search warrant for the vehicle.
Perth Amboy police say no one that was taken into custody was transported to their department nor was charged with any offenses within their jurisdiction.
Cornell Street between Compton and Lawrie was closed for less than 30 minutes due to the investigation on scene.