Two Essex County Men Arrested And Charged In Fatal Shooting

NEW BRUNSWICK — Two men have been arrested on charges arising from the fatal shooting of a 22-year-old man in New Brunswick, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and New Brunswick Police Director Peter Mangarella announced Sunday.

An intensive investigation by members of the New Brunswick Police Department and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office resulted in the Sunday afternoon arrest this afternoon of Anthony Smith, 21, of Orange.


He was charged with murder in the death of Renaldo Grandville, 22, who was shot in New Brunswick in the early morning hours of May 22, authorities said.

The murder charge was filed against Smith during the evening hours of May 22, and he surrendered at the Piscataway Police Department.

Bail has not yet been set for Smith.

Police also arrested Rahmel Townes, 22, of Orange, on charges of unlawful possession of a handgun, possession of a handgun for an unlawful purpose and hindering police during the investigation.

Townes was located sometime after midnight in Orange and was charged at 8:05 a.m. Sunday, authorities said.

He is being held in lieu of $200,000 bail and must post the full amount before he can be released from custody, according to authorities.

The investigation by Detective Mark Pappas of the New Brunswick Police Department and Investigator Adrian Villegas of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office determined that Smith shot Grandville shortly before 3:48 a.m. on May 22, authorities said.

Police received a 911 call reporting shots had been fired in the vicinity of Redmond Street and Joyce Kilmer Avenue in New Brunswick.

Police arrived to find Grandville on the sidewalk on Redmond Street. He was taken by ambulance to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, where he was pronounced dead at 4:41 a.m. on May 22.

An autopsy by the Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office concluded that Grandville sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was the victim of a homicide.

Grandville lived in various locations in Essex and Middlesex counties. Motor vehicle records showed he had addresses in East Orange and Edison.

Authorities are asking anyone with information on the homicide to call Detective Pappas at (732) 745-5217, or Investigator Villegas at (732) 745-4428.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Smith and Townes are merely accusations and they are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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