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Defendant in North Plainfield Shooting and Carjacking Indicted

Sedean A. McCoy Credits: Courtesy Somerset County Prosecutor's Office

SOMERVILLE, NJ – A Somerset County Grand Jury has indicted a Plainfield resident on several charges related to a shooting, carjacking and police chase in June.

Sedean A. McCoy, 30, of 5th Street, Plainfield faces charges of 1st Degree Carjacking, 2nd Degree Possession of a Firearm for an Unlawful Purpose, 2nd Degree Unlawful Possession of a Handgun, 3rd Degree Aggravated Assault and 2nd Degree Eluding.  

Acting Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson gave the following account:

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On June 24 North Plainfield Police responded at 3:14 a.m. to a 911 call reporting that a person had been shot in convenience store parking lot located on Somerset Street where a 44-year-old Plainfield resident victim was found with a gunshot wound to his right thigh.

The victim told police while he was inside his vehicle, a man entered his vehicle through the front passenger side door and produced a handgun. During a struggle between the victim and the assailant the gun discharged. The victim told police he was able to escape after he was shot and that the assailant drove away in his car.  The victim was transported to an area trauma center, where he was treated and released.

Detectives from the North Plainfield Police Department and the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit conducted the investigation.  A video surveillance camera captured footage of the assailant inside the store moments before the shooting. A Plainfield police supervisor reviewing the surveillance footage identified the suspect as McCoy. 

Six days later Plainfield police spotted McCoy driving a car. McCoy drove off after police attempted to pull him over. A chase ensued through Plainfield, Dunellen, and other towns, with police from Plainfield and Dunellen in pursuit. McCoy was able to elude the police patrols on Route 287.  

On Friday, July 8, 2016, marshals assigned to the U.S. Marshal’s Violent Fugitive Task Force located McCoy at a residence in Henderson, NC.  McCoy was apprehended without incident and extradited to New Jersey.


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