March 30, 2022
TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri announced that Isiah M. Roberts, 19 of the 1400 Block of South Clinton Ave., Trenton was arrested in connection with the murder of Sequoya Bacon-Jones age 9 of Kingsbury Square. Roberts has been charged with Murder, 2nd Degree Aggravated Assault, 4th Degree Aggravated Assault for pointing a weapon, 3 counts of Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon in the 2nd Degree. At 7:27 p.m., On March 25, 2022 Trenton Police Officers were detailed to Kingsbury Square on reports of shots fired. Two Trenton Police Officers found Sequoya on the ground suffering from a gunshot wound with several citizens rendering aid and Sequoya’s mother was there too rendering aid. The two officers rushed to render aid and brought Sequoya to their police car for possible transport to Captial Health Trauma Center. Trenton EMS arrived on scene and transferred Sequoya to their ambulance one of the police officers along with EMS transported Sequoya to Capital Health Regional Medical Center Trauma Unit. Sequoya was taken into surgery where the surgeon was able to stabilize Sequoya. She sustained a single gunshot wound to the upper body and the gunshot wound was completely though. Sequoya was transferred to RWJ University Hospital in New Brunswick but passed away at 11:59 p.m.
The Mercer County Homicide Taskforce began their investigation and learned that Sequoya and her brother were playing with other children in the court yard area of the low rise are of Kingsbury. It was determined that two females were in a dispute over a Facebook post and went to the court yard to fight. As the fight was taking place an altercation ensued between Isiah M. Roberts, and another male in the immediate area of the fight. Roberts and the male separated but that altercation made its way into the courtyard where numerous shots were fired. Roberts then fled the area in an Accura which was described by numerous residents of Kingsbury who called 9-1-1.
Detectives conducted numerous interviews, reviewed countless hours of video, and spent hours canvasing the neighborhood for information. The detectives pieced the case together and at 11:45 a.m., yesterday morning March 29, 2022 located the Accura and stopped the vehicle on Deutz Avenue in Hamilton Township. As the vehicle pulled over and before it stopped Isiah M. Roberts jumped out and fled on foot. Detectives from the Homicide Task Force engaged in a long foot pursuit along Route 129 in Hamiton Township. It was later learned that Roberts was fleeing Trenton to East Brunswick, NJ to hide from the authorities. A dragnet was cast over Hamilton to find Roberts by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, Trenton Police Department, Mercer County Sherriff Office, The NJ State Police, Hamilton Township Police, and the New Jersey Transit Police. At 12:45 p.m. yesterday March 29, 2022, Roberts was arrested as he entered the Delaware River on Lamberton Road.
Mercer County Prosecutor, Angelo J. Onofri thanked numbers residents for calling 9-1-1, caring for Sequoya and providing assistance with information that led to the capture of Isiah M. Roberts.
Names of the 2022 homicide victims in the City of Trenton:
- 2/15/2022 Antwone Barnes, 37, of Trenton, Stabbing
- 2/23/2022 Leonardo Fernandez, 32, of Trenton, Stabbing
- 3/01/2022 Shimon Nesmith Jr., 19, of Trenton, Shooting
- 3/15/2022 Albert L. Barnes, 46, of Trenton, Shooting
- 3/25/2022 Sequoya Bacon-Jones, 9, of Trenton, Shooting
- 3/31/2022 Tahaad Goss, 16, of Trenton, Shooting *Under Investigation
Fox 29 Philadelphia link to entire press conference: