Person of interest named in Newark stabbings that killed children, adult; 3 others injured

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NEWARK, N.J. – Police announced the name of a 26-year-old man wanted for questioning in the stabbings inside of a Newark home Saturday that left three people, including two children dead and three others injured.

During a news briefing Saturday night, officials identified a person of interest as Jeremy Arrington, 26.

Arrington is described as being 5-foot-9 and 170 pounds. Police say he is wanted for questioning but should be considered armed and dangerous.

Officials said during a press conference that Newark residents need to turn Arrington in.

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said as long as the suspect is on the street, "people are not safe."

Arrington currently has warrants out for aggravated assault and sexual assault.

The attacks happened at 137 Hedden Terrace shortly after 3:30 p.m.

Authorities initially reported seven people had been stabbed overall, but they later said there were six.

The deceased were identified as an 8-year-old girl; an 11-year-old boy and a 23-year-old woman. The victim's identities are not being released at this time.

The injured include a 29-year-old and two 13 year olds.

Neighbors say a mother who was not home at the time returned to find police officers trying to save the victims.

"She fell on the ground," said May Singleton. "Then when she saw the children on stretchers she just lost it."

Officials say some of the victims are related. It was not immediately clear their relationships.

Essex County's major crimes task force and city police are investigating the attack.

Police are offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office tip line at1-877-847-7432 or the Police Division’s Crime Stopper tip line at 1-877-NWK-TIPS (1-877-695-8477) or 1-877-NWK-GUNS (1-877-695-4867

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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