Christopher D. Erazo, 18, of Suydam Drive in Jersey City, surrendered to homicide detectives Wednesday night and he appeared in Central Judicial Processing Court in Jersey City yesterday via video link from Hudson County jail in Kearny.
A warrant for Erazo’s arrest was issued Tuesday, charging him with the March 29 murder of Chad Edgehill, 24, who moved to Fairmount Avenue in Jersey City from Brooklyn a year ago, Hudson County Prosecutor Edward DeFazio said.
Erazo’s bail had already been set at $500,000 cash only when he appeared in CJP yesterday. He told the judge yesterday he understood his rights and had no questions, ending the brief hearing.
The prosecutor said that after Erazo’s picture appeared on the front page of The Jersey Journal, an attorney contacted the Prosecutor’s Office and said Erazo would surrender. He turned himself in Wednesday night, DeFazio said.
Edgehill, who was a security guard at New York’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, was shot in the back of his head and the bullet exited his forehead, officials said.
The motive for the killing is not clear, but the suspect and the victim apparently knew each other, DeFazio said, adding police are searching for a second man who was with Erazo.
Security footage shows the victim met the gunman and accomplice near the Jackie Robinson statue in front of the PATH station, officials said. The gunman and victim were then captured on security video in the Duane Reade on the PATH concourse, where Edgehill withdrew money from an ATM, DeFazio said.
The three men then walked toward Hudson County Community College and under the covered walkway running along the building’s west side, where Edgehill was shot at 9:20 p.m., officials said.
An off-duty Port Authority police officer heard the shot and found Edgehill dead with $120 near his hand, officials said.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office’s Homicide Squad at (201) 915-1345.