Third Homicide Suspect Arrested in Ohio

The third suspect in the fatal March 1 Seaman Street shooting has been arrested in Ohio, according to a press release press release issued by the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office on April 16.

Steven Perez, 19, was arrested April 15, at around 2:25 p.m. at a house in Columbus, Ohio.  After an investigation by the U.S. Marshals, Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, and New Brunswick Police Department, Perez was charged with murder and conspiracy to possess a handgun, the same charges as the two others allegedly involved.

Perez was the third and final suspect at large in connection to the March 1 death of Rahim Fuqua, 30, who was shot on Seaman Street in New Brunswick, and is now awaiting extradition from Ohio with a bail set for $2 million.

The two other suspects charged in the shooting Jonathan Rodriquez, 21, of New Brunswick, arrested in Morrisville, Pa on March 13, is being held on $1 million bail.  Christian A. Peguero, 25, was apprehended at Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy while receiving treatment for a right-leg wound allegedly sustained in the shooting. He is being held at the Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center in North Brunswick in lieu of $1.5 million bail.

Police said Fuqua was the intended victim of the shooting which was determined not to have been a random act.  Police said Fuqua’s house has been the site of prior police investigations.

The victim in the shooting, Rahim Fuqua was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University hospital in New Brunswick and was pronounced dead on March 3.  A 34-year-old bystander was also injured in the shooting and was treated for a gunshot wound to the left arm and was treated at the hospital before being released.

Fuqua was found on the steps of his home and was armed with a handgun that appeared to be unfired.

The investigation is active. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Brandt Gregus of the New Brunswick Police Department at 732-745-4217, or Investigator Temple of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at 732-745-3373.