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Police: Township Man Arrested In Georgia For Murder Of Perth Amboy Man

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Jahmmel Cephas of Franklin Park was arrested March 20 in Georgia for the murder of a Perth Amboy man.
Photo: Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.

A 32-year-old township man wanted for the murder of a Perth Amboy resident was arrested March 20 in Georgia, authorities said.

Jahmmel Cephas of Franklin Park was arrested in DeKalb County on charges of murder and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, according to a press release from the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.

Cephas has been wanted since Feb. 14, when, police said, he shot Richard Pryce, 31, of Perth Amboy after an altercation near a city bar.

“I thank and commend the many dedicated law enforcement agents and officers whose well-coordinated and unceasing efforts led to the arrest of defendant Jahmmel Cephas,” Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey said in the release. “These agencies include the U.S. Marshal’s Service Regional Fugitive Task Forces, the Perth Amboy Police Department, and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.”

“It is my hope that the defendant’s apprehension gives the family and friends of Richard Pryce at least some measure of relief,” Carey said in the release.

Police were dispatched to the 829 Lounge, a bar in Perth Amboy, at 1:35 a.m. on Feb. 14. Police said at the time that Pryce and Cephas were involved in an altercation inside the bar, and that Pryce had been shot multiple times at Amboy Avenue and Barclay Street, then walked back into the bar and asked someone to take him to Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy.

Pryce was pronounced dead at the hospital at 3:02 a.m.

Cephas fled the scene after the shooting, police said.

It was not known when Cephas will be returned to New Jersey, where he will be held on $1 million bail, according to the release.

The investigation is active and is continuing. Anyone with information is also asked to call Detective Rivera of the Perth Amboy Police Department at (732) 324-3856 or Detective Jeffrey Temple of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-3373.

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