Alleged shooter arrested and charged

A Plainfield man has been arrested and charged with shooting a city resident outside of a downtown nightclub last month, according to Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park.

Tywan Cobb, 33, of North Avenue in Plainfield is charged with first-degree attempted murder and three second-degree weapons offenses. Bail was set at $750,000 by state Superior Court Judge Robert J. Mega.

At about 1:45 a.m. on June 29, Plainfield police officers responding to a shots-fired call originating from the area of Hugo’s Lounge on the corner of East Front and Church streets found the victim, a 35-year-old male, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, according to prosecutors.

The victim was rushed to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick for treatment.

A joint investigation by the Plainfield Police Division and the Prosecutor’s Office’s Guns, Gangs, Drugs, and Violent Crimes Task Force resulted in the identification of Cobb as a suspect, and criminal complaints were filed in early July.


A three-week search for Cobb ended with his arrest by FBI agents and Plainfield Police Division detectives Wednesday at his girlfriend’s home in Scotch Plains. Park said one of her assistants, Jeremiah Lenihan, is prosecuting the case.

Cobb was accused of fatally shooting Quadeer Hall, a 26-year-old Rahway resident, outside a bowling alley in Piscataway, on Nov. 1, 2009, shortly after he was released from prison, according to prior media reports.

Cobb was sentenced to state prison in April 2005 for weapons charges, according to records from the state Department of Corrections. He was released on parole in April 2008, but was arrested again on a warrant in June and was placed in a halfway house until completing the sentence on Dec. 24, 2008, according to the records.

First-degree crimes typically carry a penalty of 10 to 20 years in state prison, while second-degree crimes typically result in sentences of 5 to 10 years.

These criminal charges are only accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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