Passaic County authorities said based on an investigation by the Passaic Police Department, in conjunction with the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, Mr. Philip Sparrow, 21, from Passaic, was arrested on Tuesday in relation to the homicide that took place earlier that day on the corner of Madison Street and Vreeland.
Police said Mr. Sparrow is charged with Murder, first degree; Possession of a Handgun for an Unlawful Purpose, second degree; and Unlawful Possession of a Handgun, second degree.
According to police, at approximately 2:12 p.m., that day, members of the Passaic Police Department were dispatched to the corner of Madison Street and Vreeland Avenue in response to a report of a shooting.
Upon their arrival, officers located Mr. Amar Sultan, 18, from Passaic, lying under the highway trestle with apparent gunshot wounds.
Police said Mr. Sultan was immediately transported to Saint Mary’s Hospital where he was pronounced deceased at 4:45 p.m.
The subsequent investigation revealed that Mr. Sparrow was the individual responsible for the murder of Mr. Sultan. Mr. Sparrow was arrested at approximately 8:01 p.m., July 6, the Passaic Police Department picked him up during a motor vehicle stop in the area of 91 Paulison Avenue.
The State has filed a motion for pretrial detention that will be heard by a Superior Court Judge.