Collingswood Woman Killed in East Trenton, NJ
Police have arrested four people who were allegedly responsible for the murder of a Collingswood NJ woman last year.
The suspects allegedly committed the homicide during a robbery attempt on November 30, 2016. The victim, a 27-year-old woman from Collingswood, was walking in East Trenton NJ when the suspects allegedly approached her and demanded that she hand over her purse, cash, and other belongings. One of the suspects allegedly brandished a firearm and pointed the gun at the victim during the theft. At this time, it is unclear whether any of the other suspects also used weapons or fired gunshots during the violent incident.
Detectives with the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office investigated the brutal killing and reportedly obtained phone records that incriminate the suspects. According to authorities, the suspects lured the victim, and another person, to the intersection of East Trenton Avenue and Mechanics Avenue by calling for a Lyft rideshare service. When the victim showed up in a Lyft car, the suspects allegedly tried to rob the vehicle occupants. At some point, the robbery attempt went bad and the gunman reportedly fired at least one gunshot at the female victim. She died a short time later at an East Trenton hospital.
Police investigators identified the four suspects and soon apprehended three of the suspects. However, the fourth suspect, the alleged gunman, remained at large until recently. Members of a U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force ultimately tracked down the suspect in Ewing Township after he was busted by local police for reportedly stealing scrap metal and copper pipes from an empty building.
The main suspect in the East Trenton killing, a 43-year-old male, has been charged with numerous crimes, including first degree murder, felony murder, armed robbery, unlawful possession of a weapon, and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. Although New Jersey does not have the death penalty, the NJ Criminal Code still imposes severe penalties against violent offenders – particularly offenders convicted of homicide. If the main suspect is convicted on the most serious charges of first degree murder, he could be sentenced to life imprisonment.
The other suspects include a 31-year-old Hamilton NJ woman, a 39-year-old Trenton man, and a 32-year-old man from Morrisville, Pennsylvania. They also face serious criminal charges for being accomplices to felony murder and armed robbery.
While the very serious criminal charges remain pending, it’s possible that the suspect will be kept in police custody. That’s because new bail guidelines in New Jersey give prosecutors and judges wide latitude when it comes to keeping violent offenders behind bars until their cases are resolved.
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