Man arrested for Elizabeth homicide

A tenant of the downtown Elizabeth apartment building where a young woman was killed last month has been arrested and charged with being responsible for the crime, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Elizabeth Police Department Chief Giacomo Sacca and Director Earl Graves jointly announced Friday.

Andrew Burr, 21, is charged with first-degree murder and two related weapons offenses in connection with the death of 22-year-old Shaquin Ingram.

At approximately 11:30 p.m. on Monday, January 4, members of the Elizabeth Police Department responded to a request for a welfare check of a resident at an apartment on the 10 block of Jacques Street in Elizabeth and found Ingram at that location, having sustained serious injury, according to Union County Homicide Task Force Supervisor Scott M. Peterson, who is prosecuting the case. Ingram was subsequently pronounced dead at the scene.

An investigation led by the Task Force and assisted by members of the Elizabeth Police Department and Union County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit resulted in Burr being identified as a suspect in the case, and he was taken into custody without incident at his home Wednesday evening, then lodged in the Union County Jail pending a first appearance and detention hearing to take place in Union County Superior Court.

“This was a brutal crime that cut short what was clearly a promising young life,” acting Prosecutor Ruotolo said. “While this arrest does not bring Ms. Ingram back, we hope it comes as some small solace to her loved ones, and I commend the dedicated efforts of the investigators from UCPO, EPD, and UCSO, who worked tirelessly on this case.”

Anyone with information about this matter is still urged to contact Prosecutor’s Office Lt. Jose Vendas at 908-358-3048 or Detective Charles Clement at 908-577-6489.

Convictions on criminal charges of this nature are commonly punishable by terms of up to life in state prison.

These criminal charges are mere accusations. Every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.