Plainfield man indicted for murder

A Union County grand jury has returned a six-count indictment against a Plainfield resident accused of being responsible for a fatal shooting that occurred on New Year’s Day last year, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Monday.

Gregory Croom, 21, is charged with first-degree murder, three related weapons offenses, and two drug offenses in connection with the death of 20-year-old Fatin Hunt of Plainfield.

Plainfield Police Division patrol units rushed to the 200 block of Richmond Street on a report of shots being fired on the night of the incident to find Hunt suffering from a gunshot wound, and he was pronounced dead shortly thereafter, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutor Jillian Reyes, who is prosecuting the case. A joint investigation by the Prosecutor’s Office’s Homicide Task Force and the Plainfield Police Division, assisted by the Union County Sheriff’s Office Identification Unit, subsequently identified Croom as a suspect in the case, Reyes said.

Croom was arrested without incident in Plainfield in September 2015 and lodged in Union County Jail, with bail set at $800,000 by state Superior Court Judge Robert J. Mega.

Anyone with information about Hunt’s death is still being urged to contact Union County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Sofia Santos at 908-577-4256.

Convictions on first-degree murder charges are commonly punishable by 30 years to life in state prison. These criminal charges are mere accusations. Each defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.