Arrest Made in Connection to June 20th Paterson Homicide


Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes, Paterson Police Chief Ibrahim Baycora, and East Orange Police Chief Phyllis Bindi announce that based upon an investigation by the Paterson Police Department, in conjunction with the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, Charles A. Richardson, 34-years old from Paterson, was arrested on June 27, 2021, in relation to the homicide investigation that took place June 20, 2021 in the area of 434 10th Avenue in Paterson, New Jersey. Mr. Richardson is charged with Murder, first degree.

On Sunday, June 20, 2021, at approximately 2:41 p.m., members of the Paterson Police Department were dispatched to 434 10th Avenue in Paterson, New Jersey in response to a report of an assault. Upon their arrival, officers located Tremaine Thomas, 43-years-old from Paterson lying inside the store with blunt force injuries. Paterson Fire Department personnel arrived on scene and treated Mr. Thomas, who was transported to Saint Joseph’s University Medical Center. A short time later, Mr. Thomas succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased.

An investigation revealed that Mr. Richardson was the individual responsible for the murder of Mr. Thomas. Mr. Richardson was subsequently charged, and an arrest warrant was issued. Mr. Richardson was arrested on June 27, 2021, at approximately 6:30 p.m., without incident, by the East Orange Police Department during a motor vehicle stop.

The State has filed a motion for pretrial detention that will be heard by a Superior Court Judge.

A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite this accusation, defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office asks anyone with additional information about this incident to contact us on our tips line at 1-877-370-PCPO or or contact the Paterson Police Detective Bureau at 973-321-1120.