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UPDATE: Suspect in Maplewood Assault Arrested


Police in Maplewood have arrested the suspect in an assault that took place last week.

According to police, on February 24 the suspect, Cranford Butler, 67, of Irvington, voluntarily surrendered to Detectives at Police Headquarters.

Police said that he did not provide a statement or provide information related to the handgun involved to Detectives on the advice of legal counsel.

The handgun involved in this incident has not been recovered at this time. Mr. Butler will be transported to the Essex County Correctional Faculty later this afternoon.

According to police, on February 16, at approximately 9:55 a.m., a good Samaritan called Maplewood Police Headquarters and reported that there was a male that was possibly shot and was currently outside near Hughes Street and Jacoby Street. Upon officers' arrival, Patrols located the victim in that area.  

Police said that he was found to have a laceration but did not have a gunshot injury or any other life-threatening injuries.  

The on-scene investigation revealed that the victim was involved in an altercation with another male inside of an apartment at 159 Jacoby Street.  

The investigation found that during the altercation, a .380 caliber handgun was fired in the apartment, but no one was struck. The handgun has not been recovered at this time. 

According to police, the incident was determined to be domestic in nature. The involved parties are known to each other. 

Police said that no other persons or the public were at risk. Maplewood Police Detectives responded to investigate and process the crime scene. 

As a result of the investigation, a warrant was issued for the arrest of Cranford Butler, 67, of Irvington.  

Charges are as follows:

  • Aggravated Assault with a deadly weapon (handgun)
  • Possession of a handgun without a permit 
  • Possession of a handgun for an unlawful purpose
  • Theft of the victim's property