NEW BRUNSWICK — Police have arrested two additional suspects and are actively seeking two other men allegedly involved in the attempted robbery and fatal shooting of a 19-year-old man at a Robinson Street home nearly two weeks ago, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and New Brunswick Police Department Director Anthony A. Caputo announced today.
Police are searching for Michael Bailey, 20, of New Brunswick and Zaid Joseph, 20, of the Kendall Park section of South Brunswick after charging them with felony murder in the Sept. 27 of Joshua Zhou, 19, of New Brunswick.
Both men have remained at large since police initially identified them as suspects in the slaying.
Police also have apprehended and charged Jeffrey Andre Cook, 19, and Larry Pena, 19, with felony murder for their alleged roles in the fatal shooting.
Cook was arrested and charged on Oct. 1 and Pena was arrested and charged on Oct. 2. Cook is being held at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center in North Brunswick in lieu of $1 million bail, while Pena is being held in lieu of $2 million bail at the county facility. Both men are residents of the Somerset section of Franklin Township.
The investigation into the shooting brings to five the number of men who have been charged.
Dawonne Cooper, 22, of New Brunswick was charged on Sept. 28, during the on-going investigation into the fatal shooting. He also is being held at the county jail in lieu of $1 million bail.
The five men were identified and charged during the investigation by Detective Kenneth Abode of the New Brunswick Police Department and Investigator Scott Crocco of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.
The investigation determined that the five men intended to rob the victim, who was shot while he was at a house on Robinson Street.
The investigation further showed that the five men targeted the victim and that the shooting was not random, officials said.
Police received a 9-1-1 call at 9:27 p.m. on Sept. 27, alerting them to the shooting. The victim was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, where he was pronounced dead at 10:26 p.m.
An autopsy by the Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office determined the victim died from gunshot wounds to the torso.
Authorities are asking anyone with information about the case to call Detective Abode of the New Brunswick Police Department at 1-732-745-5200, or Investigator Crocco of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at 1-732-745-4471.
In addition, Crime Stoppers of Middlesex County Inc. is offering cash rewards for anonymous tips. Anyone with information should call 1-800-939-9600, or visit the Middlesex County Crime Stoppers website at middlesextips.com.
The suspects are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in court.
(Photos courtesy of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office)