NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Two city men have been charged with beating a 61-year-old man to death after a late-night verbal argument turned physical.
Joshua Robinson, 28, of New Brunswick, was captured early Thursday morning at a hotel in South Plainfield by members of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, the New Brunswick Police Department and the South Plainfield Police Department.
James Lyles, 32, also of New Brunswick was previously arrested on March 31, 2019.
According to a statement issued by Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Director Anthony A. Caputo of the New Brunswick Police Department, Robert Reilly was beaten to death on March 30 at about 10:15 on the corner of George and Paterson streets.
Robinson and Lyles are charged with one count first-degree murder and one count of aggravated assault in the second degree.
According to Rutgers Police, who assisted in the investigation, no weapons were used during the beating. Reilly was transported to a local hospital for "serious bodily injury which subsequently resulted in his death."
Lyles and Robinson were being held at the Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center pending a detention hearing. Andrea Bolton, a spokesperson for the prosecutor's office, said that Lyles had his detention hearing with Judge Michael Toto on Friday. Robinson's hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.
The charges were filed following an investigation by Detective Ray Quick of the New Brunswick Police Department and Detective Erik Larsen of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Quick at (732) 745-5217, or Detective Larsen at (732) 745-3263.