ANew Jersey Councilwoman Eunice Duvamfor was shot and killed outside her home in Sayreville on Feb. 1, Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone announced at a press conference Tuesday.
Ciccone said police arrested Rashid Ali Bynum, 28, of Portsmouth, Virginia, in connection with the murder.
Bynum is being held in Chesapeake, Virginia, he said, and is awaiting extradition to New Jersey.
Bynum is charged with first-degree murder, second-degree unlawful possession of a handgun and second-degree possession of a handgun for an unlawful purpose, Ciccone said.
Dwumfour, Sayreville, .Feb. 1 that evening, footage of a 911 call reported prompting police to respond to the home around 7:30 that evening. Police found a 30-year-old borough councilwoman in her vehicle with multiple gunshot wounds. She died at the scene, police said.
How did police find the suspect?
A witness told investigators he saw a suspicious white Hyundai parked with Virginia license plates, Ciccone said. Using E-ZPass records and license plate trackers, investigators tracked a white Hyundai vehicle that drove from Virginia to New Jersey and back.
Another witness said they saw a 5’10” thin black male with braids, and Ciccone said surveillance video captured a figure with similar characteristics in the area of the murder.
Police were also able to track a cell phone registered to Bynum, who traveled from Virginia to New Jersey after the shooting, Ciccone said.
Investigators found Bynum stored on Duvamfor’s phone under the name “FCF.” Ciccone is marked “FCF”. Fire Congress Fellowship Church. Ciccone said the church is related Royal Assembly of Champions, a church attended by Dwumfour. He did not provide further information on the relationship between the two religious institutions.
New Jersey Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin told Duvamfour’s family, who attended the news conference, that “there are no words that can make you whole. The work of law enforcement was “extraordinary” and that “no stone was left unturned” in the homicide investigation.