THREE MEN CHARGED IN EDGEWATER, NJ SHOOTING
For Immediate Release:
June 22, 2022
Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrests of MOHAMED KONATE (DOB: 4/13/1995; single; unemployed) of 75 La Salle Street, Apt. 20A, New York, NY on attempted murder, armed robbery and weapons charges; and JEFFREY VALDEZ (DOB: 3/18/1998; single; unemployed) of 308 East 184th Street, Bronx, NY and ANTOINE BOYD (DOB: 12/30/1999; single; unemployed) of 855 East 217th Street, Bronx, NY on charges of unlawful possession of a weapon.
The arrests are the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Jason Love and the Edgewater Police Department under the direction of Chief Donald Martin.
Just after midnight, on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, the Edgewater Police Department received multiple 911 calls reporting shots fired in the area of 14 The Promenade in Edgewater, NJ. Upon their arrival to the area, officers found 21-year-old Tione “Lil TJay” Merritt with multiple gunshot wounds and Antoine Boyd with a single gunshot wound. An investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Edgewater Police Department revealed that MOHAMED KONATE had attempted to commit armed robbery against Tione Merritt, Jeffrey Valdez, and Antoine Boyd when the shooting occurred. JEFFREY VALDEZ and ANTOINE BOYD, who were with Tione Merritt, were found to each be in possession of an unlawful weapon.
On June 22, 2022, MOHAMED KONATE was arrested and charged with three counts of first-degree attempted murder, N.J.S.A. 2C:5-2/2C:11-3a(1); three counts of first-degree armed robbery, N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1a; second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4a; second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon, N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5b; second-degree certain persons not to possess a firearm, N.J.S.A. 2C:39-7b; and fourth-degree aggravated assault, N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1b(4). KONATE was arrested by detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and the New York City Police Department, and his extradition to New Jersey is pending.
On June 22, 2022, JEFFREY VALDEZ and ANTOINE BOYD were arrested and each charged with second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon, N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5b. They were remanded to the Bergen County Jail pending a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack, NJ.
Prosecutor Musella states that the charges are merely accusations and that the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, and he would like to thank the Edgewater Police Department, the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office, and the New York City Police Department for their assistance in this investigation.