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UPDATE: Standoff Ends in Arrest of Man Wanted for Orange, Newark Homicides


Essex County Major Crimes Homicide detectives ordered SWAT and Newark Emergency Services Units to the 30's block of North 12th Street at around 6:40 p.m. Monday after they cornered a suspect who was wanted for killing men in Newark and Orange.

In a joint statement acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose and Orange Police Director Todd Warren announced that Mr. Michael Mayse, 33, of Newark was arrested during the brief standoff for two murders.

According to authorities, Mayse is charged with the murder of **Mr. Keyshawn Jones, 23, of Newark**, who was fatally shot on Sunday, Dec. 15.

Police say at approximately 4:54 a.m., officers located Jones inside an apartment located in the 900 block of Franklin Avenue, Stephen Crane Village, the same Newark housing complex where Jones lived.

The suspect reportedly entered Jones' residence and shot him multiple times. Officials say Jones was pronounced dead at the scene at 5:38 a.m.

Click **[HERE](** for the original story from Sunday morning.

Essex County authorities say the other murder victim is **Mr. Shakur Cole, 35, of Newark**.

Cole was found shots inside a vehicle on Nov. 9 in the 60's block of Central Avenue, Orange, at approximately 12:50 am. He was pronounced dead at 1:11 a.m. authorities said.

Click **[HERE](** for original Cole homicide story.

Authorities say the charges against Mayse are accusations.

All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they enter a guilty plea or are found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

The investigation, which is being conducted by the Essex County Prosecutor's Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force with assistant from the Newark Police and the Orange Police Departments, is active and ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office tips line at 1-877-TIPS-4EC or 1-877-847-7432.