NEW BRUNSWICK – A Perth Amboy man charged with murder and aggravated assault in connection with a Fords shooting was arraigned in Superior Court Monday.
Angel T. Torres, 35, who also goes by the name Angel Ramos, is being held in lieu of $1 million bail. He was arrested at his home around 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Assistant Middlesex County Prosecutor Nicholas Sewitch said.
Torres is charged in connection with the murder of Angel Vazquez, 29, of Keyport, and the shooting of Lourdes Diaz, 43, of Fords.
Officers responded to reports of shots fired at a first-floor apartment on Ryan Street belonging to Diaz at 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 18. They found Diaz and her brother bleeding from multiple gunshot wounds, authorities said. Vazquez was pronounced dead at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick at approximately 10:40 p.m. and Diaz was admitted in critical condition. She was listed in fair condition Monday.
Police arrested two 17-year-old boys in connection with the shooting last week. They were charged with conspiracy to commit murder and hindering apprehension, officials said. According to Sewitch, the prosecutor’s office is “seriously considering” seeking to try the teens as adults.
Sewitch said the shootings followed a dispute at the apartment “among young people that involved this defendant’s son.”
“When (the dispute) was over, this defendant came back with others,” Sewitch said. “Multiple shots were fired into the house.”
Authorities would not say if they believed that Torres was the one who fired the shots, only that the investigation is continuing and authorities may make more arrests.
Torres has a previous conviction from 1991 for shooting at someone. He served a three-year sentence, Sewitch said.
Authorities ask that anyone with information call Investigator Paul Miller of the prosecutor’s office at 732-745-4466, or Woodbridge police Detective Thomas Dellasala at 732-634-7700.
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