Rashid Davis arrested in alleged murder of Leonard Pearson, 83

Rashid Davis, 22, of Union Township is charged

Rashid Davis, 22, of Union Township is charged with robbery and murder. (Credit: News 12 New Jersey)

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.

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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