New Brunswick Man Charged in McCaw Death

by Nadirah Simmons

A New Brunswick man has been charged with the death of former Rutgers student William McCaw, according to law enforcement authorities.

Timothy Puskas, 38, was already in police custody on a separate charge when he was charged with the murder of the 22-year-old McCaw, according to a press release from the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office. Puskas is being held at being held at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center in North Brunswick on $5 million bail.

Investigators said McCaw previously attended Rutgers University before transferring to Kean University, and would return to New Brunswick to visit friends. His body was found in the backyard of a house on Hartwell Street in New Brunswick on February 15, 2012. He was pronounced dead at the scene, a victim of blunt force trauma.

Authorities say that the victim had no known connection to the residents of the property where his body was discovered.

In 2012 Puskas was charged with aggravated manslaughter in the death of 26-year-old Leonel Lopez Hernandez, who was riding his bike near the intersection of Georges Road and South Talmadge Street when he was struck by Puskas’s Toyota 4Runner.

The outcome of that case is currently unavailable.

“There have been many dedicated individuals who have worked tirelessly and diligently to solve this brutal crime,” said Carey. “I hope that the family and friends of William McCaw have at least some sense of relief knowing that the murderer has been charged and is behind bars.

Carey also thanked the law enforcement officers of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, Union County Prosecutor’s Office, the New Brunswick Police Department, the Rutgers Police Department, and the Woodbridge Police Department for their efforts.