Two men have been criminally charged in connection with the fatal shooting of a Plainfield man outside an Elizabeth nightclub earlier this year,acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Wednesday.
Dashaun Jackson, 27, and Lucian Faulcon, 29, both are charged with murder and a pair of related weapons offenses in connection with the death of 20-year-old Paris Lee.
At approximately 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 19, 2018, Elizabeth Police Department patrol units responded to Angels Gentlemen’s Club on the 400 block of U.S. Routes 1&9 North to find Lee suffering from numerous gunshot wounds in the establishment’s rear parking lot, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutor Colleen Ruppert, who is prosecuting the case. Lee was pronounced dead at the scene, Ruppert said.
An investigation by the Union County Homicide Task Force, led by Sgt.Brendan Sullivan and Detective Matthew Casterline and assisted by the Elizabeth Police Department, Plainfield Police Division, Union County Police Department Ballistics Unit, and Union County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit, resulted in Jackson and Faulcon being identified as suspects in the case. Faulcon, until recently a Plainfield resident, was arrested without incident Tuesday at his home on Everts Avenue in neighboring Scotch Plains by members of the Homicide Task Force, Prosecutor’s Office’s Criminal Case Control Unit, and Union County Emergency Response Team (UCERT) SWAT Unit, while Jackson, a Plainfield resident, was served his charges this week while lodged in Union County Jail on an unrelated matter.
The investigation into Lee’s death is continuing, and anyone with information still is being urged to contact Detective Casterline at 908-418-2817 or Sgt. Andrew Dellaquila at 973-274-5771. The Union County CrimeStoppers also are continuing to offer a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to any additional arrests and indictments in this case; tips can be given anonymously by phone at 908-654-TIPS (8477) or online at www.uctip.org.
Convictions on charges of this nature are commonly punishable by sentences of up to life in state prison.
These criminal charges are mere accusations. Each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.