Shanita Stubbs, 26, of East Orange, Arrested for Murder of TJ Maxx Worker Crystal Williams, 33, of Montclair
ESSEX COUNTY, NJ - Friday afternoon, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced that that the body of Crystal Williams, 33, of Montclair - who was reported missing on July 10 after she left to take the bus to her job at TJ Maxx in West Caldwell - was found badly decomposed on July 25, and that Shanita Stubbs, 26, of East Orange was arrested yesterday in Sacramento, California for her murder.
The final cause and manner of death are still under investigation, but according to Murray the preliminary results reveal that Williams died from blunt force trauma and possible suffocation.
Stubbs was charged with Williams’ murder Friday, Aug. 14 and a warrant was issued for her arrest. Yesterday, she was taken without incident into custody by the FBI Fugitive Task Force. Officials in California are preparing to have her extradited to New Jersey.
Cedar Grove Police Seek Two Women in Connection to Purse and Credit Card Theft at Pompton Avenue Foodtown
CEDAR GROVE, NJ - The Cedar Grove Police are asking the public's assistance in identifying two suspects who are wanted in connection with stealing a purse yesterday in the township, and then using the owner's credit cards later on at multiple stores at Willowbrook Mall, in Wayne.
The incident took place at about 5:21pm at Foodtown Supermarket, located on Pompton Avenue, Cedar Grove.
According to Chief Richard Vanderstreet, Foodtown's surveillance video shows a younger female taking a purse from a shopping cart when the victim had her back turned. She then is seen immediately leaving the store in the company of an older female carrying a toddler.
Once she discovered the theft, the owner of the purse alerted authorities and then soon after contacted her credit card companies who informed her that the cards had just been used at three different locations at the mall. Officers responded to the mall area but were unable to locate the suspects.
Additionally, investigators determined that the pair left the Foodtown parking lot traveling in a large black Sport Utility Vehicle believed to Chevrolet.
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Anyone with information about the incident or the suspect is asked to contact Cedar Grove Police Detective Michael Tower at 973-239-4100.
Cedar Grove Police Department
Chief Richard Vanderstreet
525 Pompton Avenue
Cedar Grove, NJ 07009
ESSEX COUNTY, NJ - On Thursday, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced that countywide homicides are up approximately 31 percent. This week alone, 5 homicides were reported over a 24-hour period in Newark, and East Orange has a total of eight more homicides than it did at this time last year.
Eight-Month Homicide Comparison Increase Totals
Increases in Essex County Homicides January to August, by year
Recent Newark Homicides
The Newark Police Department and the Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force are investigating five reportedly unrelated homicides that occurred this week over a two-day period in Newark:
The investigations into all five incidents are active and ongoing.