SOMERVILLE – Somerset County authorities announced the arrest of a 22-year-old Roselle man who is charged with aggravated assault in a stabbing attack that took place at the Staybridge Hotel in the Somerset section of Franklin Township that left one man dead and another man injured. Police are still searching for a second suspect who they believe is responsible for the killing.
According to Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey D. Soriano, Franklin Township Police responded to a 9-1-1 call at 1:26 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31, and found two stabbing victims. One man, a 29-year-old resident of Houston, Texas, had sustained an apparent stab wound to his abdomen. He was treated for his injuries and has since been released from the hospital.
A second victim, Chad Everette Robertson, 30, of Shoreacres, Texas, suffered multiple stab wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Authorities arrested Dyron White coming out from the basement of a residence on West Third Avenue in Elizabeth on Wednesday evening, Jan. 4, with the assistance of law enforcement personnel from the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, Roselle and Elizabeth Police Departments, Soriano said. White is accused of the attack on the 29-year-old victim, whose identity has not been disclosed by authorities.
Detectives believe that Shaquan Johnson of Roselle is responsible for the death of Robertson, who leaves behind a wife and five children. According to authorities, Johnson is approximately 6’ 0”, with numerous tattoos covering his neck, including one of a pirate skull. Detectives are actively searching for Johnson and are requesting that he to turn himself into law enforcement authorities.
According to the investigation, Robertson had been in New Jersey for approximately six weeks as he was working on an environmental project with his Houston-based company. Authorities believe that Robertson was coming to the aid of his friend and co-worker who was being attacked by a group of individuals.
Authorities are asking anyone with any information regarding this incident to contact the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-8477 or www.888577tips.org. All calls are confidential.
As with all criminal defendants, White and Johnson are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in court.
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