Manhunt Over, Rappers’ Accused Murderers Arrested

One of Andrews' accused murderers was a Facebook friend.

Antwan Cromedy

Antwan Cromedy
Photo: Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office

Zaire Cromedy

Zaire Cromedy
Photo: Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office

The two brothers accused of murdering a 28-year-old New Brunswick resident have been arrested, police said.

Police said that Zaire Cromedy, 21, of Langley Place, New Brunswick surrendered to detectives at the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office in Somerville at about 5 p.m. His brother, Antwan Cromedy, 28, of Vosseller Avenue, Bound Brook, was arrested at his home at about 12:10 p.m., according to a release from Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office spokesman Capt. Jack Bennett.

Andrews, a rapper also known as E-9, was shot the evening of Dec. 29 inside the Nu Trendz Hair Studio, 635 Somerset Street, Somerset, police said.

Bennett said the younger Cromedy surrendered with the assistance of a family member and attorney, but did not identify them.

Zaire Cromedy and Andrews were Facebook friends.

Both men have been charged with First Degree murder, Bennett said. Superior Court Judge Yolanda Ciccone set bail for both men at $500,000, cash only. The two are lodged in the Somerset County Jail, Somerville, Bennett said.

Andrews was found inside the hair studio by police, shortly after 6 p.m., suffering from a gunshot wound, Bennett said in an earlier release. Police and EMS technicians started life-saving measures, but Andrews died later at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital’s Trauma Center in New Brunswick.

The Cromedy brothers were considered armed and dangerous. A $5,000 reward had been established for information leading to their arrest and conviction. The release did not mention if anyone qualified for the reward.

In the latest statement, Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey Soriano thanked Assistant Prosecutor Robert J. Hawkes, Somerset County Crime Stoppers, Inc., Somerset County Communications Dispatchers, Franklin Township Police Department Detective and Patrol Divisions, the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office BCI Unit, the New Brunswick Police Department Detective Bureau, the Bound Brook Police Department Detective Bureau, the North Brunswick Police Department Patrol Division, the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, the Trenton Police Department, the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force, the New Jersey Transit Police Department, and the New Jersey State Police Regional Operations Intelligence Center for their assistance in the investigation and arrest of the two men.

Anyone with information about the incident should contact the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100 or the Franklin Township Police Department at (732) 873-5533.

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