Jersey City man arrested for Friday’s fatal stabbing on West Side Avenue


A Jersey City man has been arrested for Friday’s fatal stabbing on West Side Avenue, the first of two killings in a 24-hour time span.

Raymond Chandler. Photo courtesy of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Raymond Chandler, 45, of Jersey City has been arrested and charged with murder, possession of a weapon (knife) for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a weapon, hindering, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance (cocaine), Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said in a statement.

Chandler will be housed at the Hudson County Correctional Facility in Kearny pending his first appearance.

On Friday, November 19th, the Jersey City Police Department responded to the area of Oxford and West Side Avenues on a report of an injured man.

The responding police officers found an injured male victim in a vacant lot behind 562 West Side Ave. The victim, later identified as Thermitus, was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 6:10 p.m.

The Regional Medical Examiner’s Office has determined the cause of death to be multiple sharp force injuries and the manner of death to be homicide.

Suarez credited the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit and the Jersey City Police Department for the investigation and arrest.

At about 3:15 a.m. the following day, 24-year-old Rashaun Bell was gunned down at 116 Randolph Ave. and his killer is still at-large as the incident remains under investigation.

Bell was convicted of a double fatal crash in 2017 and had been out of jail for a year after he won an appeal to amend a second-degree leaving the scene of an accident conviction, as HCV first reported.

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