YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Bergen County authorities have charged a Fort Lee man with murder in the killing of another borough resident and were searching for at least one other suspect, CLIFFVIEW PILOT has learned.
Andre Jamal “Boogie” Thompson, 25, was in custody at Prince George’s County Correctional Center in Maryland awaiting extradition to Bergen County, Prosecutor John L. Molinelli confirmed early this afternoon.
Molinelli said Thompson lured 24-year-old Jordan Johnson “to an apartment he sometimes utilized in Fort Lee,” where he killed Johnson before taking his keys and cellphone.
Thompson, who also lives in Worcester, MA, then texted Johnson’s girlfriend with the phone to lure her from the apartment, then ransacked it, taking cash, jewelry and other items before fleeing the state, the prosecutor said.
Around 7 a.m. last Wednesday detectives executed a search warrant at a Laurel, MD hotel and arrested Thompson on an oustanding warrant fom Worcester.
Search warrants were also executed in New York and several people were interviewed there and in Massachusetts, New Jersey and Maryland, Molinelli said.
Thompson will be held on $2 million bail once he is brought to New Jersey on charges of felony murder, robbery and burglary, the prosecutor said.
Assistance to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit was provided by Fort Lee police, the NYPD, the FBI and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, he said.
Fort Lee police had issued an alert for Johnson and his car after he vanished and his girlfriend found their 12th-floor high-rise apartment at the Carriage House on 15th Street ransacked on Jan. 13.
The girlfriend, Megan Faulkner, told them Johnson failed to show up earlier for a rendezvous in Harlem. She said she returned home to find their 15th Street high-rise apartment ranacked.
CLIFFVIEW PILOT was the first to report that Johnson’s black 2013 BMW 550 Gran Turismo was found at 1:35 p.m. the next day in the Bronx after a police license plate reader registered a hit on the missing vehicle.
Johnson’s body was in the trunk. He’d been strangled, authorities said.
Law enforcement sources with direct knowledge of the investigation told CLIFFVIEW PILOT that detectives were exploring an ID theft ring’s relationship to Johnson.
The released a surveillance video of a person wanted in connection with Johnson’s killing.
Timestamped at 2:45 a.m. the day he was found, it shows the person in a blue, fur-lined hooded jacket, gray jeans and dark-colored sneakers holding something and looking back while walking away from Johnson’s car on East 211 Street and Tryon Avenue.
MUGSHOT: Courtesy BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR
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