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††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††† *News Release* ††††††Date: October 14, 2010





Plainfield man charged with homicide at hotel



††††††††† Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and Provisional Chief James Parker of the South Plainfield Police Department announced today that a Plainfield man has been arrested on charges of fatally shooting a 32-year-old Plainfield man, who was killed in a hotel in South Plainfield.


Harold A. Tucker (DOB 11/11/80) was arrested and charged with murder and unlawful possession of a weapon in the death on August 22, 2010 of Quadir Ali-Muslim, 32, of Plainfield.


Tucker was apprehended by members of the U.S. Marshals Service after they saw him riding in a car on New World Way in Plainfield and stopped the car shortly before 11 a.m. on October 13, 2010.


Tucker is being held at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center in North Brunswick in lieu of $2 million bail.


He was arrested during an investigation by Detective John Hayes of the U.S. Marshalís Service, Sgt. Dan Noonan and Detective Shaun Clifford, both of the South Plainfield Police Department, and Investigator Scott Crocco of the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office.


The investigation began after South Plainfield police received several 911 calls reporting that shots had been fired at the Best Western hotel on Stelton Road in the borough.


Police arrived to find Ali-Muslim had been shot in the first-floor hallway of the hotel. He was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, where he was pronounced dead shortly after the shooting at 11:50 p.m. on August 22, 2010.


An autopsy by the Middlesex County Medical Examinerís Office showed Ali-Muslim died of a gunshot wound and was the victim of a homicide.


Police quickly identified Tucker as the assailant and issued a warrant for his arrest.


Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call Sgt. Noonan of the South Plainfield Police Department at (908) 226-7664, or Investigator Crocco of the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office at (732) 745-4471.


As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Tucker are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.