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Two arrested in Somerset County homicide investigation

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ (Somerset County) – Two men have been arrested in connection to a homicide that occurred on March 1 in North Plainfield, according to Acting Somerset County Prosecutor Thomas Chirichella.

On Tuesday, March 1, at around 9:36 p.m., police responded to the area of Grove Street and Prospect Place following a 9-1-1 call to Somerset County Communications reporting shots fired with a victim, Chirichella said.

Responding officers located Steve J. Camino, 26, of North Plainfield on Grove Street suffering from a gunshot wound, Chirichella said.

Officer immediately initiated life saving measures and requested emergency medical personnel. Officers continued CPR until relieved by North Plainfield Fire Department and EMS personnel. Camino was then transported by EMS to an area trauma center where he was pronounced dead, Chirichella said.

A post-mortem examination was performed by the Medical Examiner’s Office and as a result, Camino’s death was determined to be a homicide, Chirichella said.

On March 21, Kenneth Hill, 21, of Plainfield and Daniel Carrera Cardona, 22, of Piscataway were both arrested without incident, Chirichella said.

Hill was charged with first-degree murder, second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon.

Cardona was charged with first-degree murder and first-degree conspiracy to commit murder.

Both were lodged in the Somerset County Jail pending a detention hearing, Chirichella said.

Anyone with information relating to this homicide to contact the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 908-231-7100 or the North Plainfield Police Department at 908-769-2937 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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