THIRD MAN ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH MURDER IN THE APRIL SHOOTING DEATH OF A 17-YEAR-OLD JERSEY CITY GIRL

Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez has released the following information:
On December 4, 2020, at approximately 6:45 p.m., members of the Jersey City Police Department arrested a Jersey City man in connection with the April 1, 2020 shooting death of 17-year-old Stephanie Jacques and the attempted murder of an 18-year-old man in Jersey City.

Jeremy Perez, age 22, of Jersey City, was arrested in the area of Danforth Avenue and Old Bergen Road in Jersey City. He is the third Jersey City man arrested and charged in this shooting incident.

Perez has been charged by the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit with Murder in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3a(1), a first-degree crime; Attempted Murder in Violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:5-1a(1) and 2C:11-3a(1), a first-degree crime; Conspiracy to Commit Murder in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:5-2a(1) and 2C:3a(1), a first-degree crime; Possession of a Weapon (firearm) for an Unlawful Purpose in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4a(1), a second-degree crime; Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (firearm) in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5b(1), a second-degree crime; and Receiving Stolen Property in Violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:20-7a, a third-degree crime.

On April 1, 2020, shortly before 8:00 p.m., members of the Jersey City Police Department responded to a report of shots fired in the area of Martin Luther King Drive and Forrest Street in Jersey City.

Responding officers found an 18-year-old male victim who had sustained gunshot wound(s) to the lower body and was transported to Jersey City Medical Center where he was treated. The second victim, a 17-year-old female, later identified as Stephanie Jacques, was located on the corner of Martin Luther King Drive and Oak Street. Jacques also sustained a gunshot wound to her lower body. She was transported to Jersey City Medical Center for treatment and was later released. She was re-transported to Jersey City Medical Center on the morning of April 2, 2020 and pronounced dead at 10:57 a.m. The cause of death was gunshot wound and the manner of death was homicide.

The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit previously arrested and charged Jersey City residents Darby Shirden, age 20, and Shaquan Rush, age 20 in connection with the shooting.

Shirden was arrested on April 7, 2020, just after 11:00 p.m. without incident at 116 Old Bergen Road, with the assistance of the Jersey City Police Department Street Crimes Unit. Rush was arrested without incident on April 8, 2020, just after 9:00 a.m. at 17 Bayside Place.

Shirden and Rush were charged with Murder, Attempted Murder, Conspiracy to Commit Murder, Possession of a Firearm for an Unlawful Purpose, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and Receiving Stolen Property.

Prosecutor Suarez credited the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit and the Jersey City Police Department for the investigation and arrests.

The above charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty. R.P.C.3.6(b)(6).

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