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Garfield Man Charged for Shooting Burglar

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Garfield NJ, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the arrest of OMAR SMADIYA (DOB: 11/16/1981; married; self-employed/moving company) of 25 Farnham Avenue, 2nd Floor, Garfield, NJ on charges of Attempted Murder, Possession Of A Weapon For An Unlawful Purpose, and Possession Of A High Capacity Magazine; and CHRISTOPHER MANON-VELEZ (DOB: 7/16/1999; single; unemployed) of 153 Grove Street, 1st Floor, Passaic, NJ on a charge of Burglary To A Motor Vehicle. The arrests are the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti and the Garfield Police Department under the direction of Chief Raymond Kovach.

On Tuesday, January 8, 2019, at approximately 3:26 a.m., the Garfield Police Department received information that a victim was shot in the area of 25 Farnham Avenue, Garfield, NJ. The victim, Christopher MANON-VELEZ, was found at a local restaurant and transported to an area hospital with a gunshot wound to the back. An investigation revealed that MANON-VELEZ had burglarized several vehicles in the area just prior to the shooting. Omar SMADIYA, the owner of one of the vehicles, armed himself with a handgun and confronted MANON-VELEZ outside SMADIYA’S vehicle. MANON-VELEZ fled, and SMADIYA shot at him striking him once in the back. MANON-VELEZ was treated for internal injuries and is in stable condition at this time.

As a result of the investigation, Omar SMADIYA was arrested on January 8, 2019, in Garfield, NJ, and charged with one count of Attempted Murder, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:5-1a(1)/2C:11-3a(1), a 1st degree crime; one count of Possession Of A Weapon For An Unlawful Purpose, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4a(1), a 2nd degree crime; and one count of Possession Of A High Capacity Magazine, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-3j, a 4th degree crime.  Omar SMADIYA is scheduled for a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack, NJ on January 11, 2019, at 9:00 a.m.

Christopher MANON-VELEZ was arrested on January 8, 2019, and charged with one count of Burglary To A Motor Vehicle, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2a(1), a 3rd degree crime.  MANON-VELEZ was served with a summons and released pending an appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack, NJ on January 28, 2019, at 9:00 a.m.           

Acting Prosecutor Calo states that the charges are merely accusations and that the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, and would also like to thank the Garfield Police Department and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in this investigation.