the staff of the Ridgewood
Paterson NJ, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Paterson Police Chief Troy Oswald announce that Jose Muniz, 21, of Paterson, Jose Taverez, 21, of Bronx, New York, Manuel Rivera, 18, of Bronx, New York, Danel Fernandez, 21, of Bronx, New York, Joniki Martinez, 24, of Freeport, New York, and Santiago Rodriguez, 24, of Bronx, New York were arrested June 24th in Paterson, for the homicide of a Bronx teen.
According to authorities, Muniz, Taverez, Rivera, Fernandez, Martinez, and Rodriguez are scheduled for an extradition hearing before the Honorable Ernest M. Caposela, A.J.S.C. on June 26th at 1:30, p.m.
Officials say Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz, 15, was dragged out of the Cruz and Chiky Grocery store – located on E. 183rd Street and Bathgate Avenue in the Belmont section of the Bronx – at about 11:40 p.m. on Wednesday and was brutally killed.
A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite this accusation, defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office asks anyone with additional information about this incident to contact us on our tips line at 1-877-370-PCPO or [email protected]