ELIZABETH — An arrest warrant has been issued for a 23-year-old Elizabeth man wanted in connection with a shooting earlier this month in the city that left a 21-year-old dead, Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow announced Tuesday.
Islam Gad, also known as Eslam Gad, of Elizabeth, is charged with murder and weapon offences for the shooting death of Anthony Holmes Jr., which occurred at the intersection of Pine Street and 3rd Street on Aug. 8 at approximately 11:58 p.m., said Romankow.
Holmes Jr. was transported from the scene to University Hospital in Newark where he died the following day, Aug. 9. A subsequent investigation by the Union County Homicide Task Force developed Gad as one of the suspects in the shooting and identified the red 1995 Ford Mustang that was used during the homicide, said Romankow.
The Task Force has confirmed that Gad fled to Egypt on Aug. 16, authorities said. A second suspect is being sought and investigators are asking anyone with information to contact Union County Crime Stoppers at 1-908-654-TIPS, www.uctip.org , or text UCTIP plus a message to 274637. Tips that lead to the arrest and indictment of either Gad or his accomplice are eligible for a reward of up to $5,000.
Judge Stuart Peim set Gad’s bail at $3.5 million and the Task Force continues its efforts to locate and arrest the suspect.
These criminal charges are mere accusations. The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Authorities released photos of a vehicle used in the homicide. The Union County Homicide Task Force is asking for the public’s assistance in locating the vehicle and a second suspect wanted in connection with the case.