Edison Police Announce Arrest Of Shooting Suspect

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(Images courtesy of the Edison Police Department)

(Images courtesy of the Edison Police Department)

EDISON — Police announced the arrest of a suspect in a shooting that took place in front of a Beaver Avenue residence on May 30.

Lead Detective Ted Hamer and Jeff Tierney developed information that resulted in the identification and the arrest of Tyreese Stewart, 24, of Roselle, as the suspect in the shooting. The victim was treated at JFK Hospital for a gunshot wound to her leg and released.

On June 13, 2013 several Detectives from the Special Operations Group and Detective Unit set up surveillance in the area of Beaver Avenue attempting to locate Stewart in connection with the shooting. While the detectives were on surveillance, a 16-year-old victim called police headquarter to report that two men tried to steal his backpack, but were scared off by a neighbor that saw the attempted robbery.

The patrolling officers were given a  description of the suspects, and they spotted a silver Chevrolet sedan traveling down Wintergreen Avenue West that was being driven by Stewart. A passenger fitting the description of the the suspect in the attempted backpack robbery was in the car with him.

Detectives stopped the vehicle at the corner of Wintergreen Avenue West and Grove Avenue, where the two suspects were taken into custody after a brief struggle with police.

“The identification and ultimately the arrest was accomplished by coordinated cooperation between the patrol officers and
detective units,” said Lieutenant Anthony Marcantuono, supervisor of the detective units involved in the operation.

Stewart was charged with aggravated assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon while committing a CDS crime, possession of a handgun, terrorist threats, retaliation against a witness, possession of heroin and crack cocaine with intent to distribute and
possession of CDS with intent to distribute within 500 feet of public housing.

The second subject arrested, Wesley Pierce, 24, from Newark, was charged with robbery by force, resisting arrest, possession of heroin and crack cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of CDS with intent to distribute within 500 feet of public housing.

Both suspects were taken to Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center in North Brunswick. Stewart’s bail was set at $460,000 full, and Price’s bail was set at $235,000 full.

“I am very proud of all of the Detectives and Officers involved in this investigation and subsequent take down, for bringing a potentially dangerous and violent situation to a safe conclusion for all parties,” said Edison Police Chief Thomas Bryan.

The charges against the suspects are merely accusations; they are presumed innocent until proven guilty.


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