New Brunswick Man Arrested And Charged In Homicide

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NEW BRUNSWICK – Police arrested a New Brunswick man this morning in connection with an Oct. 23 homicide, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and New Brunswick Police Director Anthony A. Caputo announced.

Michael J. Mercado, 28, New Brunswick was arrested at 1:15 a.m. and was charged with the murder of Anthony Filardi, also of New Brunswick, authorities said.

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Mercado also was charged with armed robbery, carjacking, unlawful possession of a shotgun and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, authorities said.

The defendant was arrested following an intensive investigation by the New Brunswick Police Department’s Anti-Crime Unit, New Brunswick Detective Ronoldy Martinez and Investigator Eleazar Ricardo of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, authorities said.

After receiving a 911 call at 5:07 a.m. on Oct. 23, police found Filardi on the sidewalk on Lee Avenue, midway between Seaman and Handy streets. He was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, where he was pronounced dead at 6:34 a.m., authorities said.

The investigation determined that after Filardi was shot, his car was stolen. The vehicle since has been recovered, authorities said.

Mercado subsequently was apprehended this morning on Baldwin Street in New Brunswick, authorities said.

He remains in custody without bail pending a hearing at 1:30 p.m. today before Superior Court Judge Frederick P. DeVesa at the Middlesex County Courthouse in New Brunswick, authorities said.

Police are still actively investigating the case. Authorities ask anyone with information to call Detective Martinez at 1-732-745-5200, or Investigator Ricardo at 1-732-745-4239.


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