A Plainfield man has been arrested and charged in connection with the fatal shooting earlier this week of a delivery driver subcontracted by Amazon, Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel and Plainfield Police Department Officer–in-Charge Captain David M. Guarino jointly announced Friday.
Quahif Lane, 26, of Plainfield, has been charged with first-degree homicide and two related second-degree weapons offenses in connection with the death of 36-year-old Jamar S. Harris of Newark.
Shortly after 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, members of the Plainfield Police Department responded to the 200 block of Garfield Ave in Plainfield and found Harris at that location having sustained a fatal gunshot wound, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutor Colleen Ruppert, who is prosecuting the case. Harris was subsequently pronounced dead at the scene.
Video evidence recovered at the scene revealed Mr. Harris was approached by Mr. Lane during the course of a delivery, with the fatal attack taking place just outside the delivery van.
A joint investigation by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Task Force, and members of the Plainfield Police Department, Union County Police Department, and Union County Sheriff’s Office resulted in Lane being swiftly identifiedas a suspect in the case. He was taken into custody without incident Thursday afternoon, and is lodged in the Union County Jail pending a first appearance currently scheduled for later today.
“I commend all involved law enforcement agencies and concerned citizens whose contributions were essential to the expeditious apprehension of Mr. Lane,” Prosecutor Daniel said. “Our thoughts are with the victim’s family and loved ones.”
Anyone with information about this matter is urged to contact Prosecutor’s Office Sergeant Lamar Hartsfield at 908-451-1873, Prosecutor’s Office Detective Angela Concepcion at 908-341-5416, or Plainfield Police Department Sergeant Thomas Collinaat 732-620-2209.
A defendant found guilty of first-degree homicide may be sentenced up to life in prison.
These criminal charges are mere accusations. Every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.