Police & Fire

Murder Suspect Kamal 'Rico' Edge Caught After Armed Chase

ad149190998397428e32_edge_kamal.jpg
Kamal "Rico" Edge, 21.
ad149190998397428e32_edge_kamal.jpg

PATERSON, NJ - Paterson police on Saturday caught murder suspect Kamal "Rico" Edge after an armed footchase in the city, bringing to an end a nearly six-month manhunt for the suspect in a two-day shooting spree that left one city woman dead and several others injured in June.

According to Capt. Heriberto Rodriguez, n Saturday, detectives from the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office, who work regularly with the Paterson Police Department, informed  Detective Sergeant Louis Esposito and Detective Richard Martinez that Edge, 21, was standing in front of 196 Governor St. 

Detectives, along with Emergency Response Team Officers Claud Mineo and Justin Kimble and Patrol Officer Paul Tafuri, responded and then spotted Edge. Seeing the approaching officers, Edge attempted to elude the officers and ran.  

Sign Up for E-News

"After a short foot pursuit Mr. Edge realized he was surrounded and responded by reaching into his waistband, grabbing a loaded handgun, cocking the hammer, and start to pull it out," Rodriguez said. "At this moment in time the officers they were authorized by law to use deadly force as they were confronted with a known murderer, refusing to comply with officers demands, in the act of cocking and retrieving a handgun."

Mineo grabbed the suspect and threw him to the ground, holding Edge until other officers could assist him in cuffing the suspect.  

 

According to Rodriguez, the handgun was a .25 caliber reported stolen from North Carolina. Eleven glassines of heroin were found in Edge's possession after he was arrested. 

 

Quenay Cox, 20, of Governor Street was shot and killed on June 22 in an incident in which three other victims were also wounded by gunfire.

 
Two gunmen approached the area of Park Avenue and East 22nd St. by foot at around 2:30 a.m. and began firing multiple rounds. Investigations revealed that Edge was walking on E. 22nd St. near Park Ave. when he started to shoot at multiple victims with a handgun, according to Rodriguez.
 
Several hours before that shooting, on Friday night, June 21, a man was shot in the hand near the intersection of Putnam and Mercer streets. 
 
"Outstanding police apprehension," said Paterson Police Director Glenn Brown of Edge's arrest Saturday. "There is no doubt this young crossed the line. These officers exercised great restraint."
 
"These officers should be commended as they showed true valor and bravery in the service of the city of Paterson," Rodriguez added.
 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Paterson

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_4a7c1d9531382f8f978c_d3414e24-7d80-4b40-b695-3d07804f3502

Thu, April 26, 12:00 PM

Paterson Public Library, Paterson

Book Discussion

Arts & Entertainment Law & Justice

Carousel_image_897be50e75068cc49c3a_bronze_heat

Thu, April 26, 6:00 PM

Paterson

Bronze Heat Community Carnival

Carousel_image_897be50e75068cc49c3a_bronze_heat

Fri, April 27, 6:00 PM

Paterson

Bronze Heat Community Carnival

TAPinto Paterson Reader Shares Concerns About Absentee Ballots

April 21, 2018

Dear editor:

I am writing this letter to express a grave concern I have regarding the influx of absentee ballots. To my understanding, absentee ballots were designed to be used by those who are unable to make it to the polls on Election Day. Such as people in the armed services or those who are away on vacation. 

This year’s municipal election will be one for the history books.

Assembly's Longest Serving Member Dead at 79

April 19, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- Paterson's Assembly members, Shavonda Sumter and Benjie Wimberly, are mourning the loss of their colleague, Assemblyman Jerry Green (D-Plainfield) who died on Thursday.

Green, 79, was the longest serving member of the Assembly, and considered to be a champion of affordable housing. Green stepped down as Chairman of the Union County Democratic Organization on January 24 to ...

Pascrell Statement on the Passing of Paterson Police Officer Tamby Yagan

April 24, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- “Today Paterson is in mourning. Officer Tamby Yagan of the Paterson Police Force made the ultimate sacrifice for our city when he was tragically killed while in the line of duty.

“A native of Prospect Park, Officer Yagan was a volunteer in the Prospect Park Fire Department for six years before joining Paterson’s Finest through a COPS hiring grant. Officer Yagan ...