Former N.J. high school basketball standout arrested in shooting

By Vernal Coleman | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
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on February 18, 2016

Keywon Savage (Courtesy of the Newark Police Department)

 

NEWARK — A onetime Newark high school basketball standout was charged Monday in connection with a November 2015 shooting, according to sources and court papers.

Keywon N. Savage was apprehended by detectives with the department's Fugitive Apprehension Team at a home in the 200 block of Littleton Avenue without incident, said Detective Hubert Henderson, spokesman for the Newark Police Department.

The shooting occurred in the 200 block of South 11th Street, Henderson confirmed. No one was injured in the incident, he added. Police declined to say exactly when the shooting occurred, saying the shooting remains under investigation.

Savage's troubles with the law began in 2014 during a senior year campaign that saw him score 1,000 points and earn first-team All-Division honors as a member of the Newark Central High basketball team, said head basketball coach Shawn McCray.

McCray confirmed Savage was a member of the boys varsity team from 2010 to 2014. An arrest during his senior year nearly derailed his season, the coach said.

In February 2014, a story on NJ.com reported that an 18-year-old named Keywon Savage was charged with the robbery of a man shoveling snow in his driveway.

The charge is still pending, according to court documents.

While he was able to graduate, the arrest complicated Savage's efforts to pursue an athletic scholarship with colleges that had shown interest, McCray said. In the aftermath, Savage's opportunities seemed to fizzle, he said.

"Before that he had done all the right things," McCray said. "He qualified to go to college and did well on his SAT's. And then it fell apart."

Police confirmed Tuesday that Savage was arrested in December 2015 on multiple drug and gun-related charges.

Savage was taken into custody and charged after investigators found him in possession of multiple vials of heroin and cocaine, a police spokesman said.

Savage is now being held on charges of aggravated assault in connection with the November 2015 shooting incident, authorities said. His bail has been set at $150,000.

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