Second suspect charged in connection with Armoni Sexton’s murder | Paterson Times

Second suspect charged in connection with Armoni Sexton’s murder


A second suspect has been charged with murder over the shooting death of 15-year-old Armoni Sexton, announced the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office on Saturday evening.

Hasmeek Coles, 20-year-old, is charged with first-degree murder, three counts of attempted murder, second-degree weapons offense, and third-degree receiving stolen property, according to authorities.

Coles was an accomplice in the April 18 shooting that prematurely ended the life of Sexton. Authorities said Gregory Oliver, 20, fired several shots towards a group of people who gathered outside a liquor store at 230 Rosa Parks Boulevard at around 8:37 p.m. that day.

The gunfire wounded four people including Sexton who the next day was pronounced dead at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center.

Authorities did not provide any further information.  The investigation is active and ongoing, authorities said. Coles was previously arrested by city police after an alleged gun exchange on March 11 between him and another man was caught on security camera. Police chased Coles down and arrested him charging him with weapons offense.

The three other victims were treated at hospital, authorities said.

Coles’s bail is set at $2 million, authorities said.