One sus­pect still on loose, an­other charged in slay­ing in Wil­son home

The Morning Call - - Local News - By Christina Tatu Morn­ing Call re­porter Sarah Wo­j­cik contribute­d to this re­port. Morn­ing Call re­porter Christina Tatu can be reached at 610-8206583 or ctatu@mcall.com.

An Eas­ton man has been charged in the Sept. 25 slay­ing of 18-year-old Nikal Jones in Wil­son, the Northamp­ton County district at­tor­ney’s of­fice an­nounced Fri­day.

Aquasay Ali Har­ris, 30, was charged Thurs­day with first de­gree mur­der, homi­cide, and four counts of ag­gra­vated as­sault, as well as lesser charges.

Po­lice are still look­ing for Eli­jah Ford, 31, of New Jersey, in con­nec­tion with the shoot­ing, District At­tor­ney Terry Houck said dur­ing a news con­fer­ence Fri­day. An­other man, Ca’mel Dou­glas, 19, who is a per­son of in­ter­est, was taken into cus­tody last week­end by po­lice in Ne­wark, New Jersey, on a sep­a­rate charge and faces ex­tra­di­tion to Northamp­ton County.

Early Sept. 25, po­lice found Jones wounded in a home in the 1600 block of Spruce Street. He died at the scene.

An­other man who was in the home, Shadee John­son, 30, was treated at a hospi­tal for a gun­shot wound and was ex­pected to sur­vive.

John­son told de­tec­tives that on Sept. 24 he was hang­ing out with Jones, Har­ris, Ford and Dou­glas in the kitchen of the Spruce Street home whenDou­glas asked who they were go­ing to “drill” that night.

That led to an ar­gu­ment be­tween Dou­glas and John­son, ac­cord­ing to the crim­i­nal com­plaint filed Thurs­day.

Har­ris then asked Dou­glas for a gun, prompt­ing Dou­glas to retrieve a black bag from an­other room. Har­ris then dis­played a hand­gun, which he pointed at John­son, the com­plaint says. John­son told po­lice Dou­glas and Ford also were armed.

Ford, Har­ris and Dou­glas said they were leav­ing and walked to­ward the liv­ing room, ac­cord­ing to the com­plaint. John­son then heard gun­shots. He told po­lice Har­ris came run­ning into the kitchen and shot him in the groin. He fought with Har­ris as the gun fired mul­ti­ple times, the com­plaint says.

While he was fight­ing with­Har­ris, John­son heard gun­fire com­ing from else­where in the kitchen. John­son said he knocked Har­ris out and then saw that Jones had been shot mul­ti­ple times and was gasp­ing for air.

An­other wit­ness told po­lice that Dou­glas, Har­ris and Ford were dis­cussing do­ing a rob­bery and that they were pass­ing around a hand­gun.

When shots were be­ing fired, the wit­ness fell into a small room near the kitchen. Ashot fired into the room missed the wit­ness, the com­plaint says, but the per­son could see that the shooter was wear­ing the same “bub­ble style” black jacket as Dou­glas.

Houck said his of­fice is work­ing with the Le­high County district at­tor­ney, Union County, New Jersey, pros­e­cu­tor’s of­fice and Eas­ton po­lice to de­ter­mine whether the shoot­ing is re­lated to a spate of re­cent vi­o­lence in the area.

Houck also noted that Ti­mothy Mancini, 18, of Phillips­burg, whodied in a 4 a.m. sin­gle ve­hi­cle crash on Free­mans­burg Av­enue on Sept. 25, was a known ac­com­plice of Har­ris and Ford and had stopped by the Spruce Street res­i­dence on the night of the shoot­ing to ask po­lice about it. He was on his way to Ford’s house when the crash hap­pened.

While the crash re­mains un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, de­tec­tives do not be­lieve it was di­rectly re­lated to the shoot­ing.

“The neigh­bor­hood has to un­der­stand that we are very con­scious of what has been go­ing on and that’s why I wanted to be as trans­par­ent as I could in this sit­u­a­tion,” Houck said. “We are out there work­ing real hard, the po­lice are out there work­ing real hard try­ing to track this down, and I think we re­ally de­liv­ered a sig­nif­i­cant blow this time around.” Houck said.

If peo­ple in the neigh­bor­hood co­op­er­ate, Houck said, the case will be solved sooner. He said some of the sus­pects were known to po­lice be­fore the shoot­ing. Oth­ers, how­ever, like Ford, are from out of the area.

Ac­cord­ing to an obit­u­ary, Jones had at­tended Phillips­burg High School, where he was an ath­lete. Along with play­ing bas­ket­ball and run­ning track, he was on the foot­ball team and was in­volved in Lit­tle League foot­ball, it said.

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