NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - A 15-year-old North Plainfield juvenile, identified as Q.C., was arrested for the murder of 16-year-old Altereek Johnson of Plainfield on Aug. 6 in the Borough of North Plainfield, Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor, North Plainfield Chief of Police William Parenti, and North Plainfield Mayor Michael Giordano Jr. announced Friday.
Q.C. surrendered to detectives assigned to the investigation at the North Plainfield Police Department and was subsequently transported to the Somerset County Family Court and remanded to the Middlesex County Juvenile Detention Center by the Honorable Robert A. Ballard, J.S.C., officials said. Ballard had authorized an order in support of arrest of juvenile defendant Q.C.; charging him with 1st degree murder, 2nd degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, 2nd degree unlawful possession of a weapon, and 4th degree unlawful possession of a weapon.
Detectives have established a preliminary motive for the shooting which is not being released in order to maintain the integrity of the investigation. Detectives have established that the shooting was an isolated incident and the victim was the intended target.
Prosecutor Robertson stated that on Tuesday, Aug. 6, at approximately 7:24 p.m., a 9-1-1 call was received reporting an unknown male on the ground, possibly hit by a motor vehicle. Upon arrival, North Plainfield police officers located the victim, a 16-year-old male Plainfield resident, with a gunshot wound on the ground, in the area of Steiner Avenue. North Plainfield EMS responded to the scene and performed life-saving measures on the victim. The victim was transported to a nearby hospital and subsequently succumbed to his injuries. The victim was identified as 16-year-old Altereek Johnson of Liberty Street, Plainfield.
Detectives from Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Crime Scene Investigations Unit responded to the scene,along with detectives from the North Plainfield Police Department to conduct an investigation. An autopsy was performed by the New Jersey Northern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office. The cause of death was a single gunshot wound to the upper torso with the manner being ruled a homicide.
Prosecutor Robertson, Chief Fodor, Chief Parenti, and Mayor Giordano request anyone with information relating to this shooting or may have witnessed the shooting to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100, or the North Plainfield Police Department at (908) 769-2937& or via the STOPit app. The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smartphone for free at the Google Play&Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ. Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). All anonymous STOPit reports and Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.
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