NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A man is in custody in the apparent road rage killing of a firefighter in Brooklyn.

The U.S. Marshals Service confirms its New York/New Jersey Task Force arrested Joseph Desmond, 29, at the Circle Motor Lodge in South Amboy, N.J.

Joseph Desmond (credit: Handout)

A hotel worker told CBS2’s Clark Fouraker police showed up to nab Desmond at around 11 p.m. Monday night. He was staying a room with a woman who had rented it out since Sunday.

Sources told CBS2 U.S. Marshals, New Jersey State Police and the NYPD all participated in the arrest.

Desmond is being held in New Jersey.

Desmond previously served time for assault and possession of a controlled substance. He was conditionally released in April.

Faizal Coto, 33, was found lying next to his damaged car on the Belt Parkway Sunday Morning.

Faizal Coto (Photo: FDNY)

The city’s medical examiner’s office says Coto was killed by blunt force trauma to the head, and ruled the death a homicide.

Investigators said Coto was found on the ground with head injuries next to his 2008 Ford Mustang. The 911 caller said there was a crash, but when police got to the scene the other driver was already gone.

Investigators believe this vehicle may have been involved in a collision that led to the apparent road rage death of FDNY Firefighter Faizal Coto. (credit: NYPD)

Police had been searching for the person who was behind the wheel of a 2006 gray or silver Infinity G35. It has damage on its driver’s side and New York plate JEA 2402.

The NYPD said the two cars collided while merging onto the highway. Coto and the suspect pulled over to the shoulder. Investigators said that’s when Coto was hit in the head with some kind of object and ended up unconscious and unresponsive.

Coto was taken to Coney Island Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

He was a firefighter for the past three years at Engine 245, where bunting was put up Monday. A procession carried his body from the morgue to the funeral home.

Bunting was put up at Engine 245 in Coney Island to honor Firefighter Faizal Coto, who was killed in an apparent road rage incident. (Credit: Clark Fouraker/CBS2)

Coto was also an aspiring rapper and hip hop artist performing under the name FAIYA.

Visitation will be held for him from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Leone Funeral Home Inc. in Brooklyn, and the service will be held there at 11 a.m. Thursday.


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