EDGEWATER, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — The son of a former aide to New York City First Lady Chirlene McCray has been charged with manslaughter in a deadly Edgewater stabbing.
Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir Grewal said in a press release Khari Noerdlinger, 19, was arrested and charged with aggravated manslaughter, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and hindering apprehension in the juvenile’s death.
Noerdlinger is the son of Rachel Noerdlinger, the former Chief of Staff to the first lady, 1010 WINS reported.
As CBS2’s Brian Conybeare reported, parents were forced to walk their young children under police crime scene tape outside a daycare center as police investigated a deadly, botched robbery attempt.
The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office said Noerdlinger was the target of an armed robbery on Sunday night.
He allegedly fought with one of the would be thieves, 16-year-old Savion Lewallen of Spring Valley, New York, stabbing him in the leg.
Lewallen died from a wound to the femoral artery in his right leg while at Palisades General Hospital early Monday morning.
Authorities found the teen’s body lying in the middle of the street in an upscale area of a neighborhood that is lined by a strip mall and apartments.
Four others – Mirleny Tremols, Keven Sky Lubin, Richard Jean-Pierre and Calim Gaspard — were arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery and armed robbery.
The director of the preschool told CBS2’s Christine Sloan the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office took away surveillance video. Investigators were also seen carrying bags of evidence on Old River Road.
“It’s kind of frightening,” resident Janine Valverde told CBS2. “We’re all a little scared.”
Noerdlinger was arrested for criminal trespass in 2014, the same year his mother resigned from her job in part to spend more time with her son.
Never had any issues with them, no,” said neighbor Elaine Raino, “I don’t know anything about her son.”
Mayor de Blasio and the First Lady offered their thoughts and prayers on Monday.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family that has lost their son, and everyone affected by this tragedy,” they said in a statement.
An attorney for Noerdlinger spoke with CBS2 over the phone on Monday night.
“We are highly disappointed by these charges, Khari is a victim of these apparent perpetrators and we will fight these charges vigorously,” Jeffrey Lichtman said.
Noerdlinger is being held on $500,000 bail and was remanded to the Bergen County Jail. The other four suspects are being held on $750,000 bail and were also remanded to the Bergen County Jail.