Thread: school shooting in NJ?
08-10-2007, 03:23 PM #51Carranza and the teen are not related, Dow said, but she didn't elaborate on how they knew each other."This thread is being closed as it is off-topic and not related to the fire industry." - Isn't that what the Off Duty forum was for?
08-10-2007, 04:06 PM #52
The first offense should have been enough to get loser off the street. After all he's ILLEGAL. What part of that don't they understand? And what's worse, all of these charges have come up in the last year.
And nobody wants to talk of his bail status? Isn't that public information? I know the Kingsport Times News has a big ole For Your Information page that tells who did what to who and where. Even has all the FD calls on it. So is there any way to find out?
I know that in drug rings they will let certain people "get by" because they "supply information". I can't see that being the case here. If it is indeed so, um, Hello -- these aren't pee ant pot possession charges. These are Felonies!
As for the death penalty, to quote a comedian, "If you come to Texas and kill somebody, we will kill you back!" TN doesn't do it as often as TX, but we have it. And you will hear NO complaints from me. So NJ doesn't have it anymore. Pity. Because when - or if - the guy is convicted, he'll be staying at the Government Hilton, with expenses paid by the legal, law abiding residents of your state. I don't know if they have anything in NJ where you have to pay to be in prison, but somehow I doubt that Peru is gonna pick up the tab. And if NJ prisons are like some others I've heard of, he'll probably be living better than his victims' families.
Whoa, wait a minute. Isn't this just about the same thing they said about Ted Bundy? John Wayne Gacy? and Jeffrey Dahmer? Weren't they all good neighbors too? And that BTK killer. He was considered an upstanding citizen. Well maybe piece of fodder isn't exactly who they thought he was
08-10-2007, 05:50 PM #53These are Felonies!"This thread is being closed as it is off-topic and not related to the fire industry." - Isn't that what the Off Duty forum was for?
08-10-2007, 05:56 PM #54
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08-10-2007, 05:58 PM #55
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A third suspect wanted in connection with the execution-style killings of three college students Saturday night in a Newark schoolyard was taken into custody this afternoon, law enforcement sources said.
The suspect, a juvenile, was removed from a home in Morristown, the sources said.
Paul Louriquet, a spokesman for the Essex County Prosecutor's Office, said "there have been developments with a third suspect, but not an arrest."
Investigators believe up to five people participated in the crime, which was chilling enough to thrust New Jersey's largest city into the national spotlight. Jose Larchire Carranza, a 28-year-old illegal immigrant from Peru and a 15-year-old boy are already in custody. Authorities are still looking to question one more adult and one juvenile, law enforcement officials with knowledge of the investigation said.
This morning, Larchire Carranza, who surrendered to authorities Thursday, pleaded not guilty to three counts of murder, attempted murder, robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery and weapons offenses.
During the proceedings at the Essex County Courthouse in Newark, Larchire Carranza's lawyer, Felix Lopex-Montalvo, said the defendant does not have a Social Security number and is in the United States illegally.
"My client has no documentation," said the lawyer, Felix Lopez-Montalvo.
In a news conference afterward, Essex County Prosecutor Paula Dow and other officials would not comment about whether prosecutors had reported Larchire Carranza's illegal status to federal authorities after his two previous arrests, which include a charge of child rape.
The federal government encourages, but does not require, local authorities to contact Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents when they arrest someone who appears to be in the country illegally.
Since Larchire Carranza's surrender yesterday, federal immigration authorities have placed a detainer on him, requiring that immigration authorities be notified if he is ever released from custody, said Adam Puharic, a spokesman for the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.
Dow, meanwhile, said New Jersey would retain jurisdiction over Larchire Carranza throughout this criminal case, and until he finishes his prison sentence if he is convicted.
"He is not leaving our system until this matter is adjudicated," she said. "We have him and he is ours."
Dow would not discuss Larchire Carranza's relationship to the 15-year-old arrested Wednesday night or the others being sought.
Authorities believe five people were present during the robbery and shootings that killed Terrance Aeriel, 18, and 20-year-olds Dashon Harvey and Iofemi Hightower, on the playground of the Mount Vernon School in Newark's Ivy Hill section.
A fourth victim, Natasha Aeriel, was critically wounded and remains hospitalized under police protection.
All four were planning to attend Delaware State University in the fall.
Authorities have said Natasha Aeriel helped identify at least one of the suspects.
Larchire Carranza, a stocky, bushy-haired man, showed no emotion today as he was arraigned in a courtroom brimming with television cameras, victim's family members and elected officials, including Dow, Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura and Newark Mayor Cory Booker.
He wore an orange jail-issued jumpsuit and handcuffs and communicated via a Spanish-speaking translator. He is being held on $1 million bail.
Larchire Carranza, an Orange resident, is married and has a daughter described as 1 or 2 years old. He was facing two sets of criminal charges even before police identified him as a suspect in the Newark triple murder.
According to court records, he was charged with aggravated assault and weapons counts stemming from a bar fight last October. In the more serious case, when he was charged as Jose Larchire, he is accused of repeatedly raping a girl over a four-year period.
The assaults began when the child was almost 5 years old, according to an indictment handed up last month. The alleged attacks ended in January. Larchire Carranza was free on bail and awaiting trial in both criminal cases when he turned himself in Thursday.
Larchire Carranza will be held in protective custody in the Essex County Jail. The 15-year-old, whose name is being withheld by The Star-Ledger because of his age, is being held at an undisclosed juvenile detention center outside the county.
Dow, Fontoura, Booker and others met afterward with victims' family members, who left the courthouse without making comments to reporters. Dow said Booker presented them with a check to help with their funeral expenses.
Two people who sheriff's officers identified as the mother and the brother of the defendant were also in the courtroom. The mother, whose name was not immediately available, bowed her head and cried.
After the proceeding, the sheriff's department escorted them to their car through a throng of television cameras.
08-10-2007, 06:23 PM #56
Say he knows a lot of gang members he could narc on. That's great. But meanwhile, if they are just letting him go and go, look at what he's doing in the process. If indeed he's guilty.
Hope I cleared that up a bit.
08-10-2007, 06:26 PM #57
08-10-2007, 11:27 PM #58
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This article has extensive coverage of the prosecutor's office refusal to discuss the bail situation of the illegal alien.
08/10/07 - Posted from the Daily Record newsroom
Morristown man arrested in Newark shootings
STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
MORRISTOWN — Agents from the Essex County Prosecutor’s office arrested an individual on Garden Street this afternoon in connection with the schoolyard shootings in Newark.
“What I have been told is that an arrest was made on Garden Street today of one of the individuals involved in the murders in Newark,” said Mayor Donald Cresitello.
The mayor said he had no other information on the case and referred any inquires about it to the police department. A call to the the department seeking information was not immediately returned.
A spokesman for the Essex County Prosecutor's office, Paul Loriquet, confirmed Friday that detectives had arrested a man but said he could not provide any other details. A press conference was scheduled for late Friday night, he said.
Morris County Prosecutor Robert Bianchi said he learned this afternoon that investigators from Essex County were in Morristown today and took a male into custody. Bianchi said he was waiting for confirmation that the male was connected to the schoolyard shootings of three college students in Newark.
The Morristown Police Department had cordoned off a three-family home at 8 Garden St. this afternoon and agents from the Essex County Prosecutor were also on the scene.
One suspect in the murder of the three students pleaded not guilty Friday as prosecutors tried to explain why the illegal immigrant from Peru was granted bail earlier this year when charged with assault and child rape.
Speaking through a Spanish interpreter, Jose Carranza, 28, said he understood the charges against him, which include the attempted murder of a fourth student and robbery. It was his first court appearance since he surrendered Thursday to Mayor Cory A. Booker.
A second suspect, a 15-year-old boy, pleaded not guilty Thursday and remains in custody, Assistant Essex County Prosecutor Thomas McTigue said Friday. Authorities are seeking to have the boy tried as an adult.
Essex County Prosecutor Paula T. Dow would not answer questions about how Carranza was released on bail on previous charges this year, despite his immigration status.
Carranza was indicted by grand juries in New Jersey twice this year -- in April on aggravated assault and weapons charges; and in July on 31 counts which included aggravated sexual assault of a child under 13 years old and endangering the welfare of a child he had a duty to supervise.
He was released on $50,000 bail on the assault case, which stemmed from a barroom fight, and $150,000 bail on the sexual assault indictment, which charged that the abuse began in 2003 when the girl was 4 years old and continued to this year.
“If Essex County had questioned the individuals immigration status, he would not have been released,” Cresitello said. “He would not have been released if they had a 287G agreement with ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) which automatically links them with ICE.”
Cresitello said 287G would deals with this type of arrest.
“It deals with this absolute situation,” he said. “It does not deal with round ups. It does not deal with day labors.Iit does not deal with civil penalties.”
In an interview on CNN, Dow said the "uproar" over his immigration status is "going to have to wait for another day."
"We realize that's an issue out here in our criminal justice system, and we are addressing it," Dow added.
The assistant prosecutor handling the murder case, Thomas McTigue, said, "Our focus hasn't been his immigration status."
Prosecutors said they did not immediately recall if Carranza's immigration status was known when he was granted bail on the two indictments, and whether they opposed granting bail.
It is rare for illegal immigrants to be granted bail, especially when charged with serious crimes, said Alan L. Zegas, a noted New Jersey defense lawyer.
"The level of risk of flight increases exponentially when a person is not a citizen of this country and has few, if any, roots here," Zegas said.
On Friday, Carranza, who lives in nearby Orange, could barely be heard in the courtroom, as Booker and relatives of the victims looked on. Carranza wore an orange prison jumpsuit and was handcuffed in front of his body. He stared at the judge and glanced at his lawyer.
State Superior Court Judge Michael R. Casale continued the $1 million bail and ordered that Carranza be held apart from other inmates at the Essex County Jail for his protection.
Carranza's lawyer, Felix Lopez Montalvo, declined to comment after the 11-minute hearing.
Authorities do not believe the four victims knew the assailants before encountering them Saturday night. Carranza and the teen are not related, Dow said, but she didn't elaborate on how they knew each other. The teen's name was not released because of his age.
The four victims, friends aged 18 to 20, were shot while visiting in a school yard not far from their homes Saturday night. Authorities have said robbery appeared to be the motive.
Terrance Aeriel, 18, Dashon Harvey, 20, and Iofemi Hightower, 20, were forced to kneel against a wall and were shot at close range. The fourth victim, 19-year-old Natasha Aeriel, Terrance Aeriel's sister, survived a wound to her head and is hospitalized.
Despite being under sedation for periods of time, Natasha Aeriel was able to help authorities identify the suspects, the mayor said.
All four victims were planning to attend Delaware State University this fall. Instead, three will be buried Saturday.
08-10-2007, 11:51 PM #59
Is it just me or does it sound like they dropped the ball with this guy? I say they aren't answering questions because it makes them look bad. I mean, how hard is it to call somebody?
The bad thing is, is if he is found guilty of those charges, if they had held him without bail, those could have been prevented. If they had made one phone call to check this guy out, perhaps those people would be alive today I mean, I'm not God, I don't know. But it seems like they would be. And something else. If he could have been held without bail after the bar fight, maybe that little girl could have seen some peace. If he was guilty of it. He's yet to be tried, but you know what I'm saying.
Just a passing thought....how in the world do you come up with that kind of money to post bail? I know bail is 1/10, but at $50,000 and $150,000 bail, that's still a chunk of change If he went through a bondsman, when he was sent to court a second time, wouldn't that immediately break bond for him - innocent or not, just by having to go to court? Having never been in trouble with the law, I am not sure, that's why I'm asking about the bond revocation thing.
08-12-2007, 08:13 AM #60
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As I said, good solid police work;
Warrant issued for 4th suspect in Newark schoolyard killings
Posted by Jonathan Schuppe and Mark DiIonno
August 11, 2007 9:50PM
On the same day Newark buried three victims of last week's schoolyard slayings, authorities today identified a 24-year-old Nicaraguan national with a record of robbery and weapons arrests as a "principal player" in the execution-style attack.
Rodolfo Godinez, who lives in the city's Ivy Hill neighborhood where the killings occurred, has been the subject of an intense manhunt since Friday, when detectives obtained an arrest warrant charging him with murder, robbery and weapons offenses, authorities said.
Godinez, who also goes by the name Rodolfo Gomez, is the fourth suspect identified in the killings and remained at large last night. Investigators are continuing to search for him as well as two other suspects -- both teenagers, according to two law enforcement sources who asked not to be identified because they are not allowed to speak publicly about the case.
Three people are already under arrest: Jose Lachira Carranza, of Orange, a 28-year-old illegal immigrant from Peru, and two juveniles: a 15-year-old boy from Newark and a 15-year-old boy from Morristown. Essex County Prosecutor Paula Dow has said she expects the other suspects will be arrested by the end of this week.
Authorities released Godinez's name and photograph yesterday morning, at the same time funeral services were being held for Dashon Harvey, 20, Terrance Aeriel, 18, and Iofemi Hightower, 20. Aeriel's sister, 19-year-old Natasha, was shot in the face, but survived. She remains hospitalized, but has been helping investigators identify the attackers.
All four victims were preparing to attend Delaware State University this fall and dozens of students from the college attended yesterday's services.
Mayor Cory Booker, Police Director Garry McCarthy and Essex County Prosecutor Paula Dow, all of whom attended the funerals, held an impromptu news conference at Branch Brook Park in Newark after Harvey's funeral, the morning's first. They said they interrupted their schedule to ask the public's assistance in tracking down Godinez.
"Obviously, our focus is on the three funerals, but we broke away because we need the public's help," Booker said. "We're going to find (Godinez), we're going to find all of them and bring them to justice."
Authorities continue to offer a $150,000 reward for information leading to the killers' arrest and inditcment. The case was also featured tonight on Fox television's America's Most Wanted (www.amw.com).
McCarthy called Godinez a "principal player" in the attack, which occurred last Saturday night as the four friends were hanging out behind the Mount Vernon School. The attackers announced a robbery, shot Natasha Aeriel, then marched the others to a wall, where they shot each of them once in the back of the head.
Hightower also had knife wounds to her face and arm, which authorities say may have been inflicted by a machete.
Godinez has lived on Midland Avenue and Manor Drive in Newark, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement records indicated he may have also been in the country illegally. Rodolfo Antonio Godinez Gomez entered the U.S. from Nicaragua on Oct. 24, 1992. He was ordered deported on May 5, 1993, but it isn't clear if he ever left the country, according to Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontura.
"It seems to me that he was illegal," he said tonight.
Godinez was first arrested as a juvenile on June 21, 1999 in South Orange for robbery which was downgraded to theft for which he got 18 months probation. In September 2002, he was arrested in Irvington for aggravated assault, robbery and weapons possession. He was indicted but its not clear what happened after that. In April 2003, he was arrested for robbery in Newark which was downgraded to theft and got 18 months probation, Essex County records show.
Authorities have been arresting and identifying the alleged attackers since getting their first big break in the case: lifting a fingerprint from a Colt 45 beer bottle that was left at the crime scene. They matched the print to Carranza, whom Natasha Aeriel identified in a photo array from her hospital bed. While searching for Carranza, they came across the 15-year-old Newark boy, who admitted his role in the crime and named other accomplices, the law enforcement sources said.
Near Godinez's home on Midland Avenue yesterday, neighbors said it was not uncommon to see him sitting on the stoop of the pale red brick house where he rented a second floor apartment for $975 per month with his mother, Gloria.
He would sit with friends, hanging out, smoking cigarettes, they said. But since the shootings the group has been out of sight. Officers, however, have made several visits to the property over the last several days.
Staff writer Katie Wang contributed to this report.
08-12-2007, 02:37 PM #61
Wow they are really getting those guys in fast.
A lot of people gripe about "how slow" police do their work. Well real PD work isn't a 1 hour drama, wrapped up in a nice package.
Anyways, got off track a bit there. Yeah, I can see them rounding up the whole lot of them before too long. At this rate, it'll be pretty soon.
Thanks for the updates, George
08-20-2007, 08:14 AM #62
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MORE good solid police work.....
Final suspect seized in Newark execution slayings
Posted by Jonathan Schuppe, Ralph R. Ortega, Jeffery C. Mays and Alexi Friedman August 19, 2007 4:03PM
Authorities today said they arrested the sixth and final suspect in the execution-style murder of three college students and wounding of a fourth in Newark.
The suspect, 18-year-old Melvin Jovel, was taken into custody at 3:45 a.m. in a relative's home in Elizabeth in Union County, authorities said. Detectives from Newark Police department's homicide squad and investigators from the Essex County Prosecutor's Office made the arrest, according to Newark police. He was taken without incident.
Jovel was charged with three counts of murder, four counts of robbery, one count of attempted murder, two weapons offenses and conspiracy to commit robbery, said Charlotte Smith, executive assistant Essex County prosecutor. Those are the same charges as his co-defendants, Newark police said.
While Jovel lives in Elizabeth, police said, he appears to have deep roots in Newark. Sharlatte Saunders, 17, said she used to see him hanging around with several of the other suspects already seized in the killings.
He attended Mount Vernon School -- where the shootings took place in the schoolyard -- and Vailsburg Middle School, she said, and grew up a couple of blocks from the scene of the killings.
Jovel does not appear to have any criminal arrests as an adult, police said. Although all of the suspects have been apprehended, police are still calling it "an active investigation," and say they are withholding "several details" related to the case to ensure its integrity.
Superior Court Judge Michael Ravin ordered Jovel held on $2 million bond at the Essex County Jail, law enforcement authorities said. In a statement, Mayor Cory Booker said, "Now the process of healing must take center stage and the prosecution of the case begins."
The apprehension comes just a day after police arrested 24-year-old Rodolfo Godinez and his half brother, Alexander Alfaro, 16, outside Washington, D.C. In fact, police arrested Jovell after having gathered leads from those arrests in Virginia and Maryland, authorities said.
Investigators have called Godinez a "principal player" in the Aug. 4 slayings, along with Jose Lachira Carranza, 28, who turned himself in Aug. 9. Police have said they believe Carranza fired one or more of the fatal bullets. Investigators say Godinez, a Nicaraguan immigrant, had been hiding inside a low-rise apartment complex in Oxon Hill, Md., for about a week until his arrest early Saturday morning. Alfaro was arrested in Woodbridge, Va.
All six are charged in the schoolyard slayings of Newark residents Dashon Harvey, 20, Terrance Aeriel, 18, and Iofemi Hightower, 20. Terrance Aeriel's sister, Natasha, 19, was shot in the head but survived.
08-23-2007, 03:43 AM #63
wow that's great. Now that the police have done their job, it's up to the courts. Let's just hope they don't really drop the ball on this one. I'd hate to see all that hard police work be in vain. Since some are illegals, I seriously hope it isn't turned into a political circus. I just want to see justice done.
08-25-2007, 03:30 AM #64
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This is way too long to post verbatim. If you want to read the facts of this case and about the solid police work that went into solving this crime, read this:
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