NJ TRANSIT POLICE ARREST SUSPECT IN UNPROVOKED COLD CASE ASSAULT
Alleged Assailant’s Distinctive Clothing Led to his Arrest
January 29, 2021
On March 6, 2020, the suspect punched the older victim in the head with a closed fist near the east exit at Newark Penn Station. The victim was knocked unconscious and taken to University Hospital for treatment. The suspect fled the scene. In November 2020, the New Jersey Transit Police Department asked for the public’s help identifying the suspect.
On Saturday, January 23, Officer Eric Singleton noticed a man wearing pants with a unique design that appeared similar to what the assailant was wearing during the assault last year. The man was waiting at the Market Street bus stop at Newark Penn Station.
Officer Singleton detained the suspect, Teddy Johnson, 34, of Newark, who was charged with aggravated assault and was being held at the Essex County Jail pending a court appearance.
“I commend Officer Singleton for his vigilance in identifying and quickly detaining this suspect. This arrest, which occurred more than 10 months after an unprovoked attack, demonstrates that our officers are committed to ensuring the safety of the public and to bringing justice to those who are victimized,” said Chief Christopher Trucillo of the New Jersey Transit Police Department.
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