JERSEY CITY MAN CHARGED WITH BIAS CRIME AFTER THREATENING PROPERTY MANAGER OF BUILDING WHERE KOSHER DELI IS LOCATED ON MLK DRIVE
Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez has released the following information:
On March 5, 2020, members of the Jersey City Police Department working in collaboration with the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, arrested and charged Taylor Stackhouse, age 38, of Jersey City with terroristic threats and related bias crimes for threatening the property manager of the building where the kosher deli is located on MLK Drive on Tuesday. Stackhouse was arrested Thursday afternoon without incident on Dwight Street and Bergen Avenue in Jersey City.
Stackhouse has been charged with two counts of second-degree Bias Intimidation and one count of fourth-degree Bias Intimidation in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:16-1, as well as two counts of Terroristic Threats in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:12-3, third-degree crimes; and a Petty Disorderly Persons Harassment charge in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:33-4.
On Tuesday, March 3, 2020, at approximately 11:50 a.m., Stackhouse approached the victim – who was dressed in traditional Hasidic Jewish clothing and exiting the building on Martin Luther King Drive – and made multiple threats to the victim.
The building is the location of the shooting that claimed the lives of three innocent people on December 10th, 2019. Earlier that same day, Jersey City Detective Joseph Seals was also killed. Both shooters in the December shooting were killed at the scene and the incident has been determined to be a hate crime by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. At this stage of the investigation, there is no indication that there is any connection between Stackhouse and the events of Dec. 10th.
Prosecutor Suarez credited the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office and the Jersey City Police Department for the investigation and arrest.
The above charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty. R.P.C.3.6(b)(6).