Prosecutor: Third Jersey City man arrested in connection to fatal shooting of Bayonne man


A third Jersey City man has been arrested in connection to the fatal shooting of a Bayonne man who was killed back in September, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced. 

James Crawford. Photo courtesy of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Yesterday at approximately 5:45 p.m., members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s
Office Homicide Unit arrested James Crawford without incident in the area of Woodlawn
Avenue in Jersey City in connection to Crocker’s murder, which occurred back inSeptember 2018, Suarez said in a statement.

Crawford, 21, of Jersey City, has been charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder, unlawful possession of a weapon (handgun) for an unlawful purpose and unlawful
possession of a weapon (handgun), police said.

After his arrest, Crawford was processed and then transported to the Hudson County
Correctional Facility in Kearny. A motion for a detention hearing has been filed by the state.

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

Two arrests were previously made in connection with Crocker’s murder.

Jahmir Thomas, 20, and Alexander Harris, 29, both of Jersey City, were arrested in September 2018 and were similarly charged.

On Tuesday, September 4th, 2018, at approximately 5:55 p.m., the Jersey City Police Department received a report of gunshots in the area of Lembeck and Ocean Avenues.

Upon arrival, responding officers found a male victim on Lembeck Avenue with multiple
gunshot wounds to his torso.

The victim was later identified as Crocker, 23, of Bayonne. He was pronounced dead at the
Jersey City Medical Center at approximately 6:30 p.m.

The Regional Medical Examiner’s Office determined the Cause of death to be multiple gunshot wounds to the torso and the manner of death to be homicide.

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