ELIZABETH, NJ - Laquan McCall, 28, of Elizabeth has been arrested and charged in connection with an altercation at a local bar that ended with a man’s death earlier this year. 

According to acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo, McCall is charged with first-degree aggravated manslaughter in connection with the death of 28-year-old Oscar Melara of Elizabeth.

Elizabeth Police units responding to a report of an altercation at Ben’s Bar on the 600 block of Meadow Street shortly after 2 a.m. on the morning of Saturday, July 27, found Melara there, having sustained injuries. He was transported to Trinitas Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, said Union County Assistant Prosecutor Colleen Ruppert. 

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Authorities said, an investigation by the Union County Homicide Task Force, the Elizabeth Police, and the Union County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit, resulted in McCall being identified as a suspect in the case. He was arrested on Friday morning and lodged in the Union County Jail pending a first appearance and detention hearing scheduled to take place in Superior Court. 

Anyone with information about Melara’s death is still being urged to contact Sgt. Johnny Ho at 908-403-8271 or Detective Lamar Hartsfield at 908-451-1873.

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