November 27, 2012 at 9:07 PM
WANTAGE, NJ – Official murder charges have been filed today against an 18-year-old Wantage resident and High Point High School student.
Victor Razumov, originally became a “person of interest” in the murder, Sussex County First Assistant Prosecutor Gregory Mueller told The Alternative Press today, for evidence tampering, and resisting arrest on November 20.
Friends of Virginia “Suzy” Sommer, age 73, asked the New Jersey State Police to check on her after she did not answer their calls on Wednesday night, November 14.
The police found Sommer dead in her Valley View Trail home at 9 p.m., November 15, from multiple stab wounds. Click here for the original story in The Alternative Press.
Razumov, who resides on Neepaulin Drive, fled from troopers when they searched his bedroom on November 20, after picking up a blood-spattered piece of paper, which Razumov grabbed back from a trooper. Razumov attempted to destroy the paper and failed, as he was stopped in progress. Razumov was arrested that day, and has been in the Sussex County Correctional Facility since.
The original charges from November 20 included hindering his own prosecution, tampering with evidence, and resisting arrest by flight, per the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office. Bail was then set at $25,000, with a 10 percent option.
Also on November 20, detectives found other evidence connecting Razumov to the murder, including pieces of Sommer’s jewelry in a wooded area near the Razumov home.
Detectives from the New Jersey State Police Major Crimes Unit, Troop B, and Sussex County Prosector’s Office arrested Razumov’s brother Alexy, age 19, yesterday. Alexy Razumov was charged with conspiracy to commit fencing, and knowingly receiving stolen property. Alexy took his brother to area pawnshops to help sell Sommer’s jewelry, where police found pieces of her jewelry in Sussex and Franklin Borough stores. Also lodged at the Sussex County Correctional Facility, Alexy Razumov’s bail, which was originally set as a $50,000 full cash bail, was lowered today, Sgt. John Kernusz of the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office said. Superior Judge William J. McGovern saw the elder Razumov in court today, and reduced the bail to $15,000, with a 10 percent option, said Kernusz.
For Victor Razumov, on the other hand, both his charges and bail have increased. Today, now with a $1,025,000 full cash bail, he is charged with first degree murder, first degree felony murder (for cases where murder was committed during another crime), second degree burglary, third degree fencing, third degree theft, third degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose (during commission of a crime), and fourth degree unlawful possession of a weapon.
The detectives from the New Jersey State Police, and Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office officially served Victor Razumov his murder charges this morning.
“I want to thank all detectives from our office and the New Jersey State Police for their tireless effort and collaborative efforts which led to today’s arrest,” said Sussex County Prosecutor David Weaver. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim.”
Lt. Colonel Matt Wilson, Deputy Superintendent of Investigations for the New Jersey State Police said, “Detectives have been pursuing justice non-stop right through the Thanksgiving holiday, from the time the victim was discovered, until now. I commend their dedication, and hope their work will eventually bring some closure to the family of the victim.”
Per a news release issued by the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, New Jersey Department of Law & Public Safety, Division of New Jersey State Police, “Charges are mere accusations. All subjects are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law.”
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