NEW BRUNSWICK - A North Brunswick man and a Georgia man have been arrested and charged in connection with the Nov. 7, 2021 fatal shooting of a 39-year-old city man and shooting injuries to another man.
Jajuan Hill-Staten, 34, of Stock Bridge, Georgia, who was identified as the alleged gunman, was arrested Nov. 29 and charged with murder and attempted murder, both first degree crimes, and possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose, a second degree crime, Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and New Brunswick Police Director Anthony A. Caputo announced.
Hill-Staten was apprehended in Florida where he was taken into custody by members of the U.S. Marshals Service and the Winter Haven Police Department.
He remains in custody in Florida pending an extradition hearing. Upon his return to New Jersey, he will be held at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center in North Brunswick pending a pre-trial Superior Court detention hearing.
An investigation also determined Quron Hoagland, 28, of North Brunswick, allegedly drove Hill-Staten to the vicinity of the shooting and transported him from the area immediately afterwards.
Hoagland was arrested on Nov. 12 and was charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit murder, one count of murder and one count of attempted murder, all first degree crimes. Following a pre-trial Superior Court detention hearing, Hoagland was detained pending the resolution of the charges. He is being held at the Middlesex County Adult
Around 9:55 p.m. Nov. 7, 2021 police responded to the area of Seaman Street and Remsen Avenue following the report of a shooting. When they arrived, officers located Rafael Florez-Lopez, 39, of New Brunswick, and another male who suffered multiple gunshot wounds. Both men were transported to a nearby hospital where Florez-Lopez died of his injuries, according to the prosecutor's office.
An investigation by New Brunswick Detective Victor Delgado and Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office Detective Ryan Tighe identified Hill-Staten as the gunman and Hoagland as his driver.
According to the prosecutor's office, the murder does not appear to be a random act. Florez-Lopez's death was the third fatal city shooting in one week.
Anyone with information is asked to call New Brunswick Detective Victor Delgado at 732-745-5200 or Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office Detective Ryan Tighe at 732-745-4335.
Suzanne Russell is a breaking news reporter for MyCentralJersey.com covering crime, courts and other mayhem. To get unlimited access, please subscribe or activate your digital account today.
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