PATERSON - Authorities on Tuesday arrested the seventh suspect in last month's fatal shooting of 14-year-old Nazerah Bugg, a budding basketball star killed by a bullet that police say was meant for someone else.
Police had been looking for 22-year-old Baseem Williams for three weeks after arresting three other men and three juvenile boys in connection with the killing.
On Tuesday, they caught a break in the search when the phone rang at police headquarters and the person at the other end said Williams was hiding out at a home on 23rd Avenue.
More than a dozen officers descended on the address at about 6:30 p.m. and Williams surrendered without incident in the face of that show of force, said Detective Capt. Heriberto Rodriguez. No weapon was found at the house, the captain said.
"This was 100 percent because a concerned citizen provided us with the location," said Rodriguez. "He would have never been arrested yesterday if it hadn't been for the cooperation of a concerned citizen."
When asked why the person tipped authorities off to Williams' whereabouts, Rodriguez said, "The person who called did so because they're a good human being. They were not looking for any reward, monetarily or otherwise."
Williams, who lives on Governor Street in the city's troubled 4th Ward, was charged with murder, as well as employing a juvenile for an act of murder and attempted murder. He is being held on $2 million bail, police said. (SOURCE)