Five Bayonne residents, including two juveniles, were arrested for a shots fired incident where a bullet pierced through a bedroom window, with the final arrest coming yesterday, police said.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
On April 12th at approximately 12:52 a.m., officers responded to the area of 21st Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard on reports of shots fired, according to Police Capt. Eric Amato.
Upon arrival, officers met with several witnesses and the two victims, a 29-year-old woman and a 28-year-old man.
After speaking with all witnesses and victims, officers confirmed that one shot had been fired through the victims’ bedroom window from outside and a group of five males had been observed fleeing the area after the shot had been fired.
At the scene, officers observed a bullet hole through the window and were able to locate and collect a 9 millimeter shell casing from the street and another round from in front of the victims’ bedroom dresser, authorities said.
Within two weeks, utilizing extensive investigative techniques and resources, Bayonne Police detectives were able identify all 5 actors and determine that Elijah Odum was the actual shooter.
As a result, warrants were issued for the arrests of the five men, resulting in their apprehensions as follows:
Michael Stephens was taken into custody on April 22nd from the area of 21st Street and
Avenue E and charged with conspiracy to commit aggravated assault.
Juveniles 1 and 2 were taken into custody the next day from the area of 19th Street and Avenue E and charged with aggravated assault and conspiracy to commit aggravated assault.
Additionally, Josiyah Santana was taken into custody on April 24th from the area of East 16th Street and charged with aggravated assault and conspiracy to commit aggravated assault.
Finally, Odum was taken into custody yesterday and charged with aggravated assault, conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, possession of a handgun for an unlawful purpose, and unlawful possession of a handgun.
No hand gun was ever recovered in connection to the incident, police said.