ELIZABETH — Three teenagers were arrested and charged late yesterday for their alleged role in the homicide of a Roselle teenager that occurred earlier this week, Union County First Assistant Prosecutor Albert Cernadas, Jr. announced.
An investigation by the Union County Homicide Task Force and Roselle Police department led to the arrest of 18-year-old Nyfee Mallory of Roselle and two 17-year-old suspects, also from Roselle, said Cernadas. The names of the 17-year-olds were not released due to their age.
The three are charged with the shooting death of 17-year-old Damel Mitchell, which occurred on Monday at approximately 10:50 a.m., at the Sylvester Land field off Columbus Avenue in Roselle.
“My heart goes out to all parties involved in this tragic situation. Three teenagers will have to pay for this crime with their youth,” said Roselle Mayor Jamel Holley.
Holley applauded the Roselle Borough Police Department and the Union County Homicide Task Force for taking swift action in this matter. The mayor added, “This was an isolated situation. I have much confidence in the Roselle Police Department and its community policing program, ensuring officers are consistently patrolling our neighborhoods in cruisers and by foot. Residents should go on with their daily lives.”
Mallory’s bail was set at $1 million by the Union County Superior Court Judge Robert J. Mega, said Cernadas. Mallory was arrested without incident at the Roselle Police Department Headquarters yesterday afternoon. He is being lodged in the Union County Jail. The two juveniles are being held at the county juvenile detention center.
Homicide Task Force Detective Jose Vendas served as case investigator and the case will be handled by Assistant Prosecutor Caroline Lawlor, according to the prosecutor’s office.
The criminal charges are merely accusations; the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in court.
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