ELIZABETH – Police have made five arrests following a nearly two-year investigation into the fatal beating and stabbing of a 29-year-old man in Elizabeth.
The five suspects – three adults and two juveniles – were taken into custody on June 12, 24 hours after warrants were issued for their arrest as a result of the continuing investigating into the Aug. 18, 2006 slaying of Rhykime Richardson.
Twenty-year-old Elizabeth resident Rasheed McCrimmon and 23-year-old Rahway resident Nadhir Dixon were charged with murder and were being held on $1 million bail at the Union County jail in Elizabeth.
Twenty-year-old Elizabeth resident Antoine Best was charged with robbery and was being held on $100,000 bail. Two other suspects were not publicly identified because they were still juveniles at the time the crimes were committed, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutor David Hanock. Both juveniles – an Elizabeth male who was 17 when the murder was committed and an Allentown, Pa. youth who was 14 – were charged with murder and were taken to the county’s juvenile detention center.
Police received a 911 call of a fight in the area of Pulaski Street around 10:30 p.m. Officers discovered Richardson lying in a pool of blood in the parking lot of a city recreation center on Richmond Street. He died a short time later, according to authorities.
The investigation showed that the victim was involved in an earlier altercation with an Mravlag Manor resident, and that during the confrontation, the defendants chased him to retaliate against him for hitting their friend during the initial fight, authorities said.
“This group of defendants pursued and hunted the victim as he ran for his life,” Union County Prosecutor Theodore Romankow said. “They cornered the victim in the recreation center parking lot where they beat, robbed and stabbed him to death.”
The investigation is still ongoing and the prosecutor believes that there are more witnesses. Anyone with information is asked to call Elizabeth Police Detectives Paul Pasternack or Leshaun Holmes at 908-558-2053 or Prosecutor’s Office Detective Patricia Gusamano.
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