Passaic Prosecutor Makes Arrest in Connection With July 20 Paterson Shooting

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PATERSON, NEW JERSEY: JULY 23, 2021 Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Paterson Police Chief Ibrahim Baycora announce that based upon an investigation by the Paterson Police Department, in conjunction with the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, Dazhier Huggins, 20-years-old from Paterson, New Jersey, was arrested in relation to a shooting investigation that took place July 20, 2021, in the area of Carroll Street and Harrison Street in Paterson, New Jersey.

Dazhier Huggins is charged with Attempted Murder, First Degree; Unlawful Possession of a Handgun, Second Degree; and Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, Second Degree. Additionally, Dazhier Huggins is charged with the following charges in relation to his July 22, 2021 arrest: Unlawful Possession of a Handgun, Second Degree; Possession of CDS (Heroin), Third Degree; Possession of CDS with Intent to Distribute (heroin), First Degree; Possession of CDS (heroin) with Intent to Distribute within 1,000 Feet of School Property, Third Degree; Possession of CDS (heroin) with Intent to Distribute within 500 Feet of Public Property, Second Degree, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Narcotics Offense, Second Degree; and Resisting Arrest, Fourth Degree.

On July 20, 2021, at approximately 11:40 p.m. members of the Paterson Police Department were dispatched to the area of Carroll Street and Harrison Street in Paterson, New Jersey on a report of shots fired. Upon arrival, police located a potential crime scene and a 19-year-old male Paterson resident who had sustained a non-fatal gunshot wound. The victim was immediately transported to Saint Joseph’s University Medical Center in Paterson, New Jersey for treatment.

Based upon the investigation, it was determined that the victim was standing in the area of Carroll Street and Harrison Street when he was struck by gunfire. Dazhier Huggins was identified as a suspect in the shooting. Members of the Paterson Police Department arrested him on July 22, 2021 at approximately 1:52 p.m. after a brief foot pursuit in the area of Lafayette Street and Mercer Street in Paterson.

At the time of his arrest, Dazhier Huggins was in possession of a 9 millimeter handgun and 10 bricks of suspected heroin.

The sentencing exposure for Dazhier Huggins on First Degree Attempted Murder is 10-20 years New Jersey State Prison with 85% of the term to be served before parole eligibility pursuant to the No Early Release Act and 5 years parole supervision; on each count of Second Degree Unlawful Possession of a Handgun it is 5-10 years New Jersey State Prison with a minimum of 42 months before parole eligibility pursuant to the Graves Act; on Second Degree Possession of a Handgun for an Unlawful Purpose it is 5-10 years New Jersey State Prison with 42 months of parole ineligibility pursuant to the Graves Act; on Third Degree Possession of CDS it is 3-5 years New Jersey State Prison; on First Degree Possession of CDS with Intent to Distribute it is 10-20 years New Jersey State Prison; on Third Degree Possession of CDS with Intent to Distribute within 1,000 Feet of a School it is 3-5 years New Jersey State Prison; on Second Degree Possession of CDS with Intent to Distribute within 500 Feet of Public Property it is 5-10 years New Jersey State Prison; on Second Degree Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Narcotics Office it is 5-10 years New Jersey State Prison with a minimum of 42 months before parole eligibility pursuant to the Graves Act; and on Fourth Degree Resisting Arrest it is 18 months New Jersey State Prison.

The State intends to file 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 the Paterson Police Ceasefire Unit at 973-321-1342.