Elizabeth Man Convicted Of Carjacking

ELIZABETH — An Elizabeth man was convicted yesterday of carjacking, robbery, various weapons charges, drug possession and resisting arrest, Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow announced.

Julio Cesar Torres Rivero, 48, was found guilty following a week-long trial before Superior Court Judge Joseph Donohue, said Assistant Prosecutor Jamel K. Semper.

On the afternoon of July 16, 2010, Rivero walked up to the victim in the case as he left a Chinese restaurant on the intersection of North Avenue and Jackson Avenue in Elizabeth, said Semper. Rivero brandished a knife, took the victim’s keys and forced the victim into his own car and made the victim drive to a local bank. While en route, the victim was able to escape the vehicle and contact police, said Semper.

Police found the abandoned vehicle a short time later and while on patrol, officers spotted Rivero several blocks away. He resisted arrest, but was eventually subdued and officers recovered a knife and the victim’s car keys, said Semper.

The jury took less than an hour to convict Rivero. He faces 30 years in prison when he sentenced in March.

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