Rashid Davis arrested in alleged murder of Leonard Pearson, 83

Rashid Davis, 22, of Union Township is charged with robbery and murder. (5/14/14)

NEWARK - Police have made an arrest in the murder of an 83-year-old man in Newark.

Rashid Davis, 22, of Union Township is charged with robbery and murder.

Leonard Pearson was found dead by family members in his 15th-floor apartment in a Nevada Street senior complex on Saturday. They were worried when he did not answer his phone.

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Police say Davis, who has a relative in the senior complex, was arrested in Irvington and was in possession of a loaded firearm.

Davis is charged with a separate robbery and attack on May 8, which sent two people to the hospital.

Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray says Pearson was killed sometime between May 6 and May 8.

Davis is being held at the Essex County Correctional Facility on $1 million bail.

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