NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office announced the arrests of two suspects in a robbery and fatal shooting, but also released the identities of two other men who remain at-large.

Nineteen-year-old Joshua Zhou, a Franklin Township resident was slain nearly two weeks ago in the basement of a friend’s house on Robinson Street in New Brunswick.

The first suspect arrested was Dawonne Cooper of Fernwood Court, as we reported in September. He was apprehended and charged the day after the killing, and is being held in leiu of $1 million bail.


Authorities have since apprehended Jeffry Andre Cook and Larry Pena and charged them with being involved in the murder and robbery.

According to a press release from the Middlesex Prosecutor’s Office, Cook was arrested and charged on October 1 and Pena was brought in on October 2.

Cook is also being held on $1 million bail at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center in North Brunswick.  Pena is being on held on $2 million bail at the same  facility. 

The county prosecutor’s office released photos of Michael Bailey of New Brunswick and Zaid Joseph of Kendall Park, who are wanted in connection with the same crime.

Bailey and Joseph have been charged with the felony of murder and robbery. 

“Both men have remained at-large since police intially identified them as suspects in the slaying,” said the release.

The five men were charged by Detective Kenneth Adobe of the New Brunswick Police Department and Investigator Scott Crocco of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.