NEW BRUNSWICK N.J. -- Joseph Desmond, 29, a gang member suspected of killing a New York City firefighter was in court in Friday. He answered questions from a Middlesex County, New Jersey judge.
"Are you are aware you have been arrested as a fugitive of the State of New York?" asked Judge Colleen Flynn.
"Yes," Desmond said.
Desmond agreed to be extradited back to New York where he will face a charge for violating parole.
Police said Desmond is a gang member with a violent past who allegedly beat off-duty New York City firefighter Faizal Coto, 33, to death.
Coto was laid to rest yesterday in Sunset Park, after he got into a fender bender with the wrong man early Sunday.
Police found Coto unresponsive on the side of the Belt Parkway.
Detectives tracked Desmond to a Perth Amboy hotel where they made the arrest early Tuesday.
Coto was a 3-year veteran of the FDNY.
The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office is investigating.
Desmond is expected to be extradited and charged next week.