SOMERVILLE – Two Union County men were indicted by a Somerset County grand jury for their alleged roles in a North Planfield burglary in September, Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey D. Soriano announced Wednesday.
Jorge Naula-Paredes, 28, of Union and Domingo Rodriguez, 22, of Plainfield were indicted on counts of burglary, 2nd degree; possession of a knife, 4th degree; possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, 3rd degree; robbery, 1st degree; terroristic threats, 3rd degree; aggravated assault, 2nd degree, and endangering the welfare of an injured victim, 3rd degree.
According to Soriano, at 5:46 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, North Plainfield police responded to Vine Street in response to a disturbance call. Responding officers found Antonio Telltorce-Ballos, age 56, of Vine Street lying in the driveway pleading for help. Telltorce-Ballos had multiple stab wounds and was unable to stand.
An investigation conducted by detectives with the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office and North Plainfield police determined that defendants Naula-Paredes and Rodrigues allegedly entered the victim’s third floor apartment to commit a theft. During the attempted theft, a knife was brandished and threats to kill were uttered by the defendants, prosecutors said. The victim ultimately leaped from his third floor bedroom window in fear of his life, and sustained two broken ankles and trauma to his spine. The victim told police one of the defendants confronted him in the driveway and inflicted additional stab wounds while he was helpless to defend himself, prosecutors said.
Naula-Paredes and Rodriguez were apprehended by police within blocks of the robbery. Naula-Paredes was covered in blood, according to authorities, and both defendants had cuts on their arms.
Naula-Paredes and Rodriguez were lodged in the Somerset County Jail in default of bail set at $125,000. cash or bond. Bail was set by Judge Julie M. Marino, along with an order that the defendants have no contact with the victim.
Soriano said if either or both defendants are convicted of the charge of armed robbery, 1st degree, they could be sentenced by the court to serve a term in state prison between ten and twenty years under the No Early Release Act (85% provision). If convicted of the charge of burglary, 2nd degree, either or both defendants could be sentenced to serve between five and ten years in state prison under the No Early Release Act (85% provision).
According to Soriano, the defendants are expected to appear in court to answer the Indictments in March 2012.
As with all criminal defendants, Naula-Paredes and Rodriguez are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.
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