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Man charged with murder in deadly Somerset County stabbing

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ (Somerset County) – A New York man has been charged in connection to a fatal stabbing Thursday in Franklin Township, according to Somerset County Prosecutor John P. McDonald.

On September 29, at around 12:28 p.m., police responded to 9-1-1 call to a residence on Eugene Avenue and upon arrival, officers encountered a male identified as J’Corey Breedy, 20, of Somerset, suffering from an apparent stab wound to his abdomen, McDonald said.

Officers along with responding emergency medical personnel initiated life saving measures and transported Breedy to an undisclosed trauma center. He was subsequently pronounced dead at the hospital. An autopsy is scheduled to be performed by the New Jersey Northern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office for the cause and manner of death, McDonald said.

Franklin Township police detectives were able to ascertain a description and identity of an alleged suspect who was identified as Jahkoy Monsanto, 24, of New York, McDonald said.

Detectives then responded to the area of the New Brunswick Train Station where they observed Monsanto on the train platform. As a result of the investigation, Monsanto was found to be in possession of a knife on his person and was taken into custody without incident, McDonald said.

“The on-going investigation thus far has revealed that the decedent and the suspect were known to each,’ McDonald said.

A motive has not been released by Investigators as this remains an on-going investigation, McDonald said.

Monsanto was charged with first-degree murder, third-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and fourth-degree unlawful possession of a weapon. He was lodged at the Somerset County Jail pending a detention hearing, McDonald said.

Anyone with information relating to the homicide to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at 908-231-7100 or the Franklin Township Police Department at 732-873-5533 or via the STOPit app. The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ. Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). All anonymous STOPit reports, and Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.

Jay Edwards

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