HALEDON, N.J. -- A crash ignited a road rage incident that ended with a driver shot in the chest and two defendants in custody, Haledon police said.
Charles Conley, 26, was being held on $750,000 bail and Natasha Peyton, 38, on $100,000 bail in the Passaic County Jail in connection with the April 19 shooting on West Clinton Street. Both live in Haledon.
The incident began when a car driven by Peyton struck the victim's from behind, Lt. George Guzman said.
Peyton got out, argued with the 21-year-old victim and punched him in the face, Guzman said.
As the victim tried calling police, Peyton called Conley on her cellphone, telling him to "come downstairs," the lieutenant said.
Conley "suddenly emerged and shot the victim in the chest at point blank range," he said.
Guzman responded, along with Detective Sgt. George Kelly and Detective Tim Lindberg and members of the William Paterson University Police Department.
The victim was taken to St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, where he remained in stable condition, the lieutenant said.
An investigation by Haledon detectives and the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit led to Monday's arrests, Guzman said.
Conley was charged with attempted murder, as well as aggravated assault and illegal weapons counts. Peyton was charged with aggravated assault.
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