A 54-year-old man has been charged with first-degree murder and other crimes in connection with the death of a 57-year-old man whose body was found in a stairwell at a senior citizen complex in New Jersey Wednesday, authorities say.
Asbury Park police responding to a 911 call about a fall victim at the Dr. Robinson Towers complex on Third Avenue found Salah Ali, of Asbury Park, dead.
Ali was at the complex to visit his girlfriend. The circumstances surrounding his death remain under investigation.
The suspect, Knowledge Allah, also of Asbury Park, was taken into custody late Wednesday. He didn't live at the complex either, and it wasn't known why he was allegedly in the building. In addition to murder, he is charged with disturbing human remains and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.
A man who has lived at the senior complex for more than 15 years tells News 4 there has been a sense of fear in the building since the body was found.
"I am looking over my shoulder more in the hallway and when I get off the elevator," said the resident, Robert Alan.
The relationship between Allah and Ali was not immediately clear, and prosecutors say they don't have a suspected motive. It also wasn't known if Allah had an attorney who could comment on his behalf; he's expected in court later Thursday.