Fort Lee New Jersey Man Arrested, Accused of Murder
The 25-year-old suspect is accused of luring the 24-year-old victim to an apartment in Fort Lee, New Jersey. Once the victim was inside the apartment, the suspect allegedly assaulted him and stole the keys to his BMW 550i Gran Turismo. The suspect also allegedly took the victim’s cell phone.
After committing the thefts, the suspect allegedly murdered the victim.
Sometime later, the suspect reportedly sent several texts to the victim’s girlfriend and lured her out of the luxury apartment she shared with the victim. The texts are said to have indicated that the victim would meet the girlfriend in Harlem.
Once the victim’s girlfriend was gone, the suspect allegedly entered the apartment and committed a burglary. The suspect reportedly stole jewelry and cash.
When the victim never showed up to meet the girlfriend, she contacted police.
Police with the NYPD later discovered the victim’s body near Woodlawn Cemetery at East 211th Street and Tryon Avenue in the Bronx, New York. According to authorities, the body had been stuffed in the trunk of the victim’s car.
Medical examiners performed an autopsy on the victim’s body and determined that the cause of death was compression to the neck.
Police investigated and eventually tracked down the suspect at a hotel in Laurel, Maryland. Police searched the room and arrested the suspect.
After being arrested and charged, the suspect was being held in a Maryland correctional center while awaiting extradition to Bergen County, New Jersey. His bail was set at $2 million.
For more information about this case, see the NJ.com article entitled “Fort Lee Man Charged in Murder, Kidnapping of Man Found in Trunk.”