Arrest Made In Elizabeth Killing

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ELIZABETH — The Union County Homicide Task Force arrested a Newark man and charged him with the early-morning Sunday death of a Belleville man who was killed in an Elizabeth motel room during an apparent robbery, Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow announced today.

Juary Brito, 22, is charged with felony murder, murder, robbery and weapon offenses in the shooting death of Julio Duarte, 48, authorities said. Members of the task force located Brito on Ferry Street in Newark around 6 p.m. Sunday, officials said.

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According to the investigation, Duarte was in a room at the Spring Lane Motel with several other people when Brito allegedly entered to commit an armed robbery around 1:30 a.m. on March 20. During the course of the robbery, Duarte was shot several times, officials said. After police arrived, the victim was rushed to University Hospital in Newark where he was pronounced dead at 3:30 a.m., Romankow said.

Brito is currently being held on $700,000 bail at the Union County Jail and will have a court appearance in the coming days.


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