Friday, October 31, 2014


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)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014


Anyone with information is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 973-321-1120.


 [According to Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia Valdes,] the fatal shooting of Nazerah Bugg last month was retaliation for another shooting that took place in the city earlier that day, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia Valdes said during a press conference to announce charges against seven people, including three juveniles. The shooting was part of an increasingly violent territorial battle between two rival groups, one from Paterson’s 1st Ward and the other from the 4th Ward, she said. 

Valdes said her office would consider prosecuting the juveniles as adults “if there’s an opportunity for that.”
“It is believed that there are two groups that have engaged and are engaged in ongoing neighborhood disputes that date back to 2010,” she said.

Nazerah’s mother, Kamilah Bugg, cried on Tuesday as she and her family made their first appearance at an official event since the shooting. They had asked community leaders not to hold the same kind of rallies that took place in the aftermath of the death in July of 12-year-old Genesis Rincon, who was fatally shot as she rode a scooter along Rosa Parks Boulevard. On Tuesday, they told prosecutors they were too distraught to make a statement.

Valdes, who praised the Paterson police for their hard work in the investigation, said at least two shooters fired 15 times into a crowd of people standing on the corner of Clinton and North Main streets in the 1st Ward on Sept. 20, when one bullet struck Nazerah in the chest. A 15-year-old girl who was with the same group was wounded. Valdes, for the first time, said that Nazerah was not the intended target.

“There is no reason to believe that the girls were intended or specific targets in the shooting,” Valdes said. Authorities said they don’t know who was being targeted.

Valdes said one of the four adults charged in the shooting remains at large, and that three juveniles — two 17-year-olds and a 16-year-old — also have been charged. One of the 17-year-olds, she said, had been the target of another shooting earlier the same day when a bullet struck the driver’s-side door of his car.

Shakeem Ricks, 20; Tyheem Mayfield, 22; and Nyje Johnson, 19, were charged with murder, attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder on Friday in Nazerah’s shooting and were taken to the Passaic County Jail on Monday, according to court and jail records. They were being held on $2 million bail apiece and are scheduled for their first court appearance this morning.

Authorities said they are seeking 22-year-old Baseem Williams, who was charged with the same offenses on Saturday, according to records. Passaic County First Assistant Prosecutor Michael DeMarco said the complaint against Williams was filed after the others “based on the events as they were unfolding late Friday evening.” (Source)