Paterson man beat roommate to death using a rock, authorities say | Paterson Times

Paterson man beat roommate to death using a rock, authorities say


A man killed his roommate by striking him in the head with a rock during a dispute on Sunday morning, according to the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office.

Raymond Menafield, 40, of Paterson, allegedly engaged in the dispute with his roommate at around 6:20 a.m. in their 12th Avenue apartment. It escalated to Menafield using a rock to strike the victim leading to the death of the 39-year-old man, identified by his initials as M.B.

The killing is the first homicide of 2022 for Paterson.

Police arrived at 288 12th Avenue on report of an injured person. They located the victim lying face down on the living room floor of the first-floor apartment with a large laceration to the back of his head, authorities said.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene at around 6:40 a.m.

Menafield was arrested on Monday for the murder. He has been charged with murder, possession of a weapon (rock) for an unlawful purpose, and unlawful possession of a weapon (rock). He is being held at the Passaic County Jail pending a hearing.

Menafield could face life in prison if convicted.

  • J. Brown.

    The Odd Couple. 2022
    Oscar finally kills Felix.

  • HankMorgan

    First of the year! I’m surprised it took so long.

  • MarquinhoGaucho

    What was a rock doing in the apartment ?

    • HankMorgan

      Oh, I keep a big rock in every room. You just never know when you’ll have to bash somebody’s head in!

  • FirestormWatcher

    I think Gov Murphy should try to get some form of rock control measures passed.


      Yup that should do it! Bail reform is not responsible for any of the crimes going on.


    This was a homoerotic crime of passion. Happens all the time gays are very repressed violent people.

    • HankMorgan

      Shut it, OBGYN.