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Man arrested in shooting death of Warren County man in Paterson

PATERSON, NJ (Passaic County) – A Paterson man was arrested on Monday in connection with the Friday shooting death of a Warren County man, according to Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes.

Jaquawn Housey, 33, was arrested on February 7 in relation to the homicide that took place on February 4 at 285 Van Houten Street in Paterson. Housey is charged with first-degree murder, second-degree possession of a handgun for an unlawful purpose, and second-degree unlawful possession of a handgun, Valdes said.

On Friday, February 4, at around 11:20 p.m., police were dispatched to the area of 285 Van Houten Street in response to shots fired. Upon their arrival, officers located Rodney Phelps, 39, of Washington Township lying on the roadway in front of that address with apparent gunshot wounds, Valdes said.

Medical personnel arrived and Phelps was pronounced deceased on scene The subsequent investigation revealed that Housey was responsible for the murder of Phelps, Valdes said.

Housey was arrested on Monday at around 11:05 a.m. by members of the Paterson Police Department and the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office at his residence in Paterson without incident, Valdes said.

The crime of murder has a sentencing range from a minimum of 30 years up to life imprisonment; the crimes of second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon 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, Valdes said.

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 or contact the Paterson Police Detective Bureau at 973-321-1120.

Jay Edwards

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