NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A New Brunswick man faces murder charges in the beating death of Kean University student William McCaw.
Timothy Puskas, 38, is being held on $5 million bail. Puskas was already in custody after being picked up by authorities for allegedly assaulting his roommate with a hammer last Friday. At the time of the alleged assault on his roommate, Puskas was out on bail for a 2012 hit-and-run that left 26-year-old Leonel Hernandez dead.
While in custody for the alleged hammer attack, authorities connected him to the death of McCaw.
McCaw’s body was found in a backyard on Hartwell Street near Rutgers University on February 15.
McCaw, 22, had previously attended Rutgers University, but transferred recently to Kean University. He was back near the Rutgers campus visiting his old fraternity brothers before he was killed.
His death left the community stunned.
“I hope that the family and friends of William McCaw have at least some sense of relief knowing that the murderer has been charged and is behind bars,” Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey said.
The area consists of mostly off-campus housing for Rutgers University students who told CBS 2’s Weijia Jiang the neighborhood is known for its partying.
McCaw had been at a house party which he left to attend another gathering. He had no known connection to the residents of the property where his body was discovered, prosecutors said.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Martinez of the New Brunswick Police Department at (732) 745-5217, extension 6028, or Investigator Daniewicz of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-4018.
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