ELIZABETH — Less than 24 hours after a double homicide occurred in the city of Elizabeth, members of the Union County Homicide Task Force arrested a suspect, according to Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow.
Based on evidence and witness statements, Armando Perez, 24, of East Jersey Street, was identified as the suspect in the shooting death, said Romankow. Perez is charged with murder and weapon offenses.
Around 1:45 a.m. Sunday, members of the Homicide Task Force and the Roselle Police Department arrested Perez without incident in Roselle, where he was staying with a girlfriend, said Romankow.
According to the investigation, police were called to a parking lot on the 600 block of Elizabeth Avenue in Elizabeth around 4 a.m. Saturday, because of a large fight in progress and reports of shots fired, said Romankow.
When officers arrived, they discovered Luis Mesa, 30, of Elizabeth and Daniel Torres, 27, of Elizabeth in the parking lot, suffering from gunshot wounds, said Romankow.
The victims were pronounced dead at the scene at 4:20 a.m. Others who were at the scene were taken to local hospitals for injuries relating to the fight, but there are no additional reports of victims with gunshot wounds related to the fight, said Romankow.
Union County Superior Court Judge Joseph Donohue set bail for Perez at $1 million and he is currently being held at the Union County Jail.
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