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Social media post may have triggered Newark stabbing spree that killed 3, injured 3

Posted: 5:37 PM, Nov 07, 2016
Updated: 2016-11-08 02:12:43-05

NEWARK, N.J. — A Newark man has been charged with murder in the fatal stabbings of two children and a college student that also injured three people.

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray and Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose announced Monday that Jeremy Arrington, 26, was charged with murder; attempted murder; criminal restraint; unlawful possession of a knife; possession of a handgun and a knife for unlawful purposes.

The stabbings happened in a home on Hedden Terrace Saturday afternoon.

Police posted a picture of Arrington on Facebook in October and said he was wanted for shooting and sexually assaulting a friend. One of the stabbing victims inside the home shared the post. Investigators say Arrington went to the house on Saturday to exact revenge.

Officials say there were four adults and five children in the home at the time of the attacks. Arrington, who was known to the family, is accused of stabbing six people, killing three of them.

Essex County prosecutors say 8-year-old Aerial Little Whitehurst and 11-year-old Al-Jahon Whitehurst were rushed to University Hospital in Newark where they died. Their mother 29-year-old Asia Whitehurst, was critically injured.

Syasia McBurroughs, 23, was pronounced dead at the scene. Officials say the college student was visiting family.

Police say 13-year-old twins were also critically injured.

“The hearts of everyone involved with this case and everyone in the larger community go out to the families of these victims, all of them young people with essentially their entire lives in front of them,” said Murray.

He was discovered Sunday evening barricaded in a home on Pomona Avenue. He was arrested without incident an hour later.

Arrington was already out on bail for a third and separate incident of assault. The acting prosecutor pointed to New Jersey bail reform as a means to potentially prevent cases like this in the future.

“We are going into an era where we will be seeking, when we can, to detain certain individuals under the law, starting on January 1st, to be held without bail before trial,” she said.

Beginning in 2017, New Jersey judges will have the option to deny bail entirely if they think a defendant is too dangerous to be out on the street while awaiting trial.

He is currently being held at the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark on $5 million bail.

Arrington will appear in court on Thursday.