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Alleged Newburgh Halloween Killer Found

City of Newburgh Police
City of Newburgh Police

The wanted Newburgh teen who is accused of killing two young women and injuring five others was found and arrested.

About 15 shots were fired at 119 Broadway in the City of Newburgh during a Halloween party Sunday around 12:45 a.m.

City of Newburgh Police identified the two women who were killed as 18-year-old Omani Free and 20-year-old Tabitha Cruz, both from Newburgh.

On Tuesday, police developed 17-year-old Nija Johnson as the shooter. Police did not reveal how they connected Johnson to the murders.

On Friday around 3 p.m., Johnson was found and arrested outside of New York State. It’s expected he will remain out of state for a number of days, police say.

More information into Johnson’s arrest wasn’t released. More details will be made available on Monday, authorities say.

New York State Crime Stoppers was offering a $2,500 reward for information that led to the location, arrest and conviction of Johnson.

On Monday, City of Newburgh police arrested two men who allegedly helped Johnson immediately after the incident.

Rainer Hamilton, 21, of Newburgh and 20-year-old Tyson Oliveria were both charged with tampering with evidence, a felony. Hamilton was additionally charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, also a felony.

Authorities identified the murder weapon as a handgun. Both are not accused of pulling the trigger, police say.

All five of the injured victims are expected to recover, police say. Their names are not being released.


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