Arrest Made in Yesterday’s Passaic Homicide

ARREST MADE IN THE JULY 6, 2021 HOMICIDE AT THE CORNER OF MADISON STREET AND VREELAND AVENUE IN THE CITY OF PASSAIC

Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Passaic Police Chief Luis A. Guzman announce that based upon an investigation by the Passaic Police Department, in conjunction with the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, Philip Sparrow, 21-years old from Passaic, was arrested on July 6, 2021, in relation to the homicide that took place earlier that day on the corner of Madison Street and Vreeland Avenue in the City of Passaic, New Jersey. Mr. Sparrow is charged with Murder, first degree; Possession of a Handgun for an Unlawful Purpose, second degree; and Unlawful Possession of a Handgun, second degree.

On July 6, 2021, at approximately 2:12 p.m., members of the Passaic Police Department were dispatched to the corner of Madison Street and Vreeland Avenue in the City of Passaic, New Jersey, in response to a report of a shooting. Upon their arrival, officers located Amar Sultan, 18-years-old from Passaic, lying under the highway trussell with apparent gunshot wounds. Mr. Sultan was immediately transported to Saint Mary’s Hospital where he was pronounced deceased at 4:45 p.m.

The subsequent investigation revealed that Mr. Sparrow was the individual responsible for the murder of Mr. Sultan. Mr. Sparrow was arrested on July 6, 2021, at approximately 8:01 p.m., by the Passaic Police Department during a motor vehicle stop in the area of 91 Paulison Avenue in the City of Passaic.

The crime of Murder has a sentencing range from a minimum of 30 years up to life imprisonment; the crimes of Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, second degree, and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, second degree, both have a sentencing range of 5 to 10 years in prison with 42 months to be served before parole eligibility.

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 tips@passaiccountynj.org or contact Det. Eliezer Reyes at the Passaic Police Detective Bureau at 973-365-3900 or 973-365-3945.