Plainfield Man Charged With Murder

SOUTH PLAINFIELD — A Plainfield man has been arrested on charges of fatally shooting a man who was killed in a hotel in South Plainfield on Aug 22, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and Provisional Chief James Parker of the South Plainfield Police Department announced today.

Harold A. Tucker, 29,  was arrested and charged with murder and unlawful possession of a weapon in the death of Quadir Ali-Muslim, 32, of Plainfield.


Tucker was apprehended by members of the U.S. Marshals Service after they saw him riding in a car on New World Way in Plainfield and stopped the car shortly before 11 a.m. on Oct. 13.

Tucker is being held at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center in North Brunswick in lieu of $2 million bail.

He was arrested during an investigation by Detective John Hayes of the U.S. Marshal’s Service, Sgt. Dan Noonan and Detective Shaun Clifford, both of the South Plainfield Police Department, and Investigator Scott Crocco of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.

The investigation began after South Plainfield police received several 911 calls reporting that shots had been fired at the Best Western hotel on Stelton Road in the borough.

Police arrived to find Ali-Muslim had been shot in the first-floor hallway of the hotel. He was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, where he was pronounced dead shortly after the shooting at 11:50 p.m. on Aug. 22.

An autopsy by the Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office showed Ali-Muslim died of a gunshot wound and was the victim of a homicide.

Police quickly identified Tucker as the alleged assailant and issued a warrant for his arrest.

Authorities are asking anyone with information on the shooting  to call Sgt. Noonan of the South Plainfield Police Department at (908) 226-7664, or Investigator Crocco of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-4471.

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