On Thursday, November 17, 2022, members of the United States Marshals Service of New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested a 22-year-old man in connection with the fatal shooting of Jovahn Horne in Jersey City.
According to Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez, Roger Pickett Jr., of Newark, is charged with Murder in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3a(1), a crime of the first degree, as well as Murder During the Commission of a Robbery in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3a(3), a crime of the first degree; Inflicting Bodily Injury while Committing a Robbery in violation of N.J.S.A 2C:15-1a(1), a crime of the first degree; Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose in violation of 2C:39-4a(1), a crime of the second degree; and Unlawful Possession of Weapon in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5b(1), a crime of the second degree. He was arrested at his residence on Evergreen Avenue in Newark and transported to the Hudson County Correctional Facility pending his first court appearance.
On Tuesday, November 1, 2022, at approximately 9:05 p.m., the Jersey City Police Department received a report of shots fired on Dales Avenue. Upon arrival, responding officers located a male victim – later identified as Jovahn Horne, 23, of Tenafly – in the area of 74 Dales Avenue with an apparent gunshot wound to the abdomen. He was transported by Emergency Medical Services to Jersey City Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 9:41 p.m.
Prosecutor Suarez credited the HCPO’s Homicide Unit, the Jersey City Police Department, and the United States Marshals Service New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force with the arrest and investigation. The above charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty