NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Tov Manor is a rental community on Phelps Avenue near the intersection of Route 1 and Route 18. Last month, a shooting took place there during an armed robbery. Four suspects have been arrested in the shooting, having been charged with various crimes including attempted murder in the first degree, armed robbery, and conspiracy.
Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christopher L.C. Kuberiet and Director Anthony A. Caputo announced that James Ward, 21, of Highland Park was arrested today and is charged with first degree attempted murder, first degree armed robbery, and conspiracy to commit armed robbery in the second degree.
Ward was arrested in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania with the assistance of the Wilkes Barre Police Department, the Plains Police Department, PA, and the U.S. Marshal’s Service. He is being housed as a fugitive of justice awaiting extradition to New Jersey.
Three other suspects have previously been arrested and charged in the shooting which occurred in New Brunswick. On May 20, 2020, Robert Zucker, 33, of Monmouth Junction, was taken into custody and charged with first degree attempted murder and conspiracy to commit armed robbery in the second degree.
On May 21, 2020, a 17-year-old juvenile was charged with first degree armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery in the second degree. In addition, on May 22, 2020, Jada Gibbs, 21, of New Brunswick, was charged with first degree armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery in the second degree.
The shooting took place in the vicinity of the Tov Manor Apartments, located at 99 Phelps Avenue in New Brunswick on May 17, 2020, at approximately 8:59 pm. The New Brunswick Police responded to the incident and found the victim outside the apartment building. The 27-year-old New Brunswick man was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and was treated for a gunshot wound.
The investigation is active and is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Victor Delgado of the New Brunswick Police Department at (732) 745-5200, or Detective Sean Sullivan of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-4060.
As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Ward, Zucker, Gibbs, and the juvenile are merely accusations, and they are presumed innocent until proven guilty.