PLEASANTVILLE, N.J. (CBS) — New Jersey State Police detectives have charged a sixth person in connection with a “rolling shootout” on the Atlantic City Expressway.
Wilbert Demosthene, 25, of Pleasantville, was charged on Tuesday, September 13 with three weapons possession charges.
Detectives say they located a black pickup truck associated with the Monday, August 29 shooting in Pleasantville two days after the shooting and later executed a search warrant on the vehicle.
Blood obtained from the inside of the truck was matched with samples from Demosthene, who had taken himself to a Philadelphia hospital soon after the shooting with a bullet wound to his arm.
Officials say the DNA hit gave detectives evidence to place him in the truck, which witnesses saw as one of three vehicles engaged in the exchange of gunfire.
This finding led to Demosthene’s arrest at a residence on Willard Avenue.
He was arrested without incident and transported to NJSP Galloway Station where he was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose, and certain persons not to possess a firearm.
He is being held on $250,000 bail.
Five other suspects were previously charged for the same incident.
Those charged are identified by police as Lenardo Caro, 24, of Little Egg Harbor Township, Yahshaun Stukes-Williams, 19, of Mays Landing, who remains hospitalized, Shaun Stukes, 38, of Atlantic City, who also remains hospitalized, and a 16-year-old male.
Police say just before 3 p.m. Monday, authorities received multiple calls reporting shots fired between moving vehicles on the eastbound Expressway in the area of exit 12.
Police believe the suspects are responsible for the death of 22-year-old Rosemund Octavius, of Egg Harbor Township.
Octavius was found in the passenger seat of a Nissan Maxima. Officials say he died from a gunshot wound.
Four others were also injured during the shooting.