Detectives from the Bayonne Police Department teamed up with the U.S. Marshals Service to arrest a man wanted for an attempted murder that occurred just over three months ago.
On September 21st at approximately 7:57 p.m., officers responded to the area of West 28th Street on a report of shots fired. Once on scene, officers were unable to locate a victim or shooter, according to Police Capt. Eric Amato.
Officers were then approached by witnesses to the shooting who observed the actor, later identified as Dwight Washington, shoot the 38 year-old male victim before fleeing the scene in an older model Mercedes Benz.
While on scene, officers received information that a gunshot victim had just entered the emergency room of the Bayonne Medical Center.
An investigation was immediately initiated by the Bayonne Police Detective Bureau and it was confirmed that while the victim remained seated in his vehicle after dropping off a friend in the area, Washington approached the vehicle and fired a handgun several times, striking him several times.
The victim was able to escape in his vehicle and drove himself to the Bayonne Medical Center as Washington fled the scene.
The lengthy and detailed investigation led to Washington being positively identified as the shooter and detectives were able to trace him to his residence in Bristol, Pennsylvania.
Then, on December 22nd, Bayonne police detectives coordinated with the U.S. Marshals where agents were able to take him into custody at his residence without incident. Washington remains in custody awaiting extradition back to New Jersey.
“The Bayonne Police Department would like to extend thanks and appreciation to the U.S. Marshals, and the Bristol, Pennsylvania Police Department for their professionalism and assistance with apprehending this violent criminal,” Amato explained.
Washington is being charged with criminal attempted murder, unlawful possession of a handgun, possession of a handgun for an unlawful purpose, and certain persons not to possess a firearm, authorities said.