By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Shaquil Huggins, 24, of Jersey City, was charged with attempted Murder, hindering apprehension, possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes and possession of a weapon for a person ineligible to possess a weapon, according to Police Det. Sgt. Edgardo Cruz.
Meanwhile, Jordan Perez, 21, also of Jersey City, was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance with Intent to distribute (heroin), Possession of CDS within 1,000 feet of a school, destruction/tampering of Evidence, possession of CDS (marijuana), obstruction of justice and an outstanding drug warrant, officials said.
On Saturday, September 17, a 20-year-old male was shot in the area of 301 Jackson St. He suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen and damage to several internal organs, authorities said.
According to police, detectives immediately began to canvas the area for clues and witnesses who would be able to provide information as to the identity of the shooter. Their investigative work would eventually lead them to the Huggins, identifying him as the gunman.
Detectives then finalized the warrant complaints for his arrest before beginning their efforts to locate Huggins, officials said.
Around 1 a.m. this morning in a joint effort between Hoboken Police Department Investigative Bureau and the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, authorities converged on the Westin Hotel located on Washington Boulevard in Jersey City.
Police spotted Huggins and Perez outside the hotel, arresting Huggins without incident. However, Perez led the officers on a foot pursuit and appeared to be reaching for a weapon in his waistband.
Perez was eventually stopped by Jersey City police and it turns out he was reaching for a bag of heroin he was trying to conceal, police said.
Huggins’ bail was set at $300,000, cash only, while Perez’s bail was set at $10,000 with a 10 percent option.
A third individual, Emmanuel Matos, 22, of North Bergen, was arrested on Thursday, September 22 after officials learned he concealed the handgun used in the September 17 shooting.
He was subsequently charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes and hindering apprehension, authorities said.