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2 arrested in slaying at NJ gas station

March 3, 2009 3:30:59 PM PST
Two Newark men were charged Tuesday in connection with a string of robberies in northern New Jersey, including one in which a gas station attendant was shot to death. Raymond Perry, 43, and David Fate, 24, were charged with felony murder in the Feb. 22 slaying of 29-year-old Daniel Pritchard at a Sunoco station in Verona. They also face multiple assault, robbery and weapons charges in what authorities characterized as a three-week crime spree.

Fate was arrested Tuesday morning at the home of a family member in Bishopville, S.C., according to Essex County Prosecutor Paula Dow. Perry was arrested last week at a friend's home in Newark.

Both men were being held in lieu of $1 million bail - Perry at Essex County Jail and Fate in South Carolina, where he awaits extradition. Neither has a defense attorney, according to prosecutors.

The prosecutor's office said the spree began on Feb. 4 with the robbery of a coin-operated laundry in Montclair and ended with Pritchard's shooting. In between, according to prosecutors, Perry and Fate stole a car and robbed a cleaning store in East Orange on Feb. 21 and robbed an Exxon station in Bloomfield on Feb. 22.

The stolen car, a white Mitsubishi, was involved in a hit-and-run accident in Newark on Feb. 23 and recovered several hours later by police. It matched the description of a car seen by a witness near the scene of Pritchard's shooting, Dow said.

Authorities also received an anonymous tip linking one of the suspects to one of the crimes, Dow said.


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