MONTCLAIR, NJ - An arrest has been made in connection with the fatal stabbing of 20-year-old Akirah M. Townes in Montclair Friday morning, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino and Montclair Police Chief Todd M. Conforti have announced.
An investigation by detectives from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Homicide Task Force and the Montclair Police Department led authorities to charge Ahighah Broomes, age 21, of Orange, with Townes' murder.
Townes, of Orange, was stabbed on Hartley Street shortly after 6:00 am as Townes was attempting to leave on a trip to Virginia Beach with friends.
Law enforcement officials state that Townes was rushed to Saint Joseph’s Medical Center in Paterson, where she was pronounced dead at 6:42 am.
It appears that the victim and suspect were in a relationship at some point in the past. As detectives were searching for Broomes, he turned himself in at the Orange Police Headquarters.
According to Chief Assistant Prosecutor Thomas S. Fennelly, of the Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit, Broomes has been charged with Murder, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon and Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose. They also indicate that Broomes will be taken to the Essex County Correctional Facility pending an appearance in the Essex County Central Judicial Processing Court.
THE CHARGES AGAINST THIS DEFENDANT IS MERELY AN ACCUSATION. HE IS PRESUMED
INNOCENT AT THIS TIME.
No further information is available at this time.