8/6/2020 State v. Marese Washington, Jr.

Marese Washington, Jr., age 27 of Vineland was arrested the morning of August 6, 2020 by members of the New Jersey State Police Major Crimes Unit South and the US Marshall’s Service Regional Fugitive Task Force in connection with the shooting of Kesean Bey, age 26 of Millville that occurred on Route 55 in Millville shortly after midnight on July 24, 2020.   Just prior to the shooting, Washington’s white Kia Optima was observed at the Wawa located on North 2 nd Street in Millville which then followed Bey’s vehicle northbound out of the parking lot. Numerous rounds were fired into Bey’s vehicle while he was driving on Route 55.  As a result of the shooting Bey suffered a gunshot wound to his head and remains in critical condition. Investigators linked both Washington and his vehicle to the shooting.

Washington has been charged with Conspiracy to Commit Murder [N.J.S.A.  2C:5-2A(1)/2C:11-3A(1) – 1 st Degree] for his involvement in the incident. The State will file for pre-trial detention.

Anyone with information related to the shooting can contact State Police Detective Rigoberto Onofre at 609-610-6268, the State Police Port Norris barracks at 856-785-0036, or Prosecutor’s Office Detective Chris Johnson at 609-579-1431.  Anyone wishing to share information anonymously may do so in one of three ways: 1) by downloading the CCPOTIP App at the Android or iPhone store and choosing the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office; or 2) by submitting an anonymous tip via text to 847411 with CCPOTIP and your tip in the message line; or 3) by going to the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office Facebook page or webpage (njccpo.org) and submitting a tip to the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office.

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