Hillside Man Charged In Elizabeth Killing

ELIZABETH — A Hillside man was charged Monday with murder and other offenses, following a shooting in Elizabeth last weekend, Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow announced Tuesday.

Jonathon James, 18, is charged with the murder of one Elizabeth man, the attempted murder of another, and weapon possession. He is being held on $1 million bail, authorities said.

At approximately 11:32 p.m. on Friday, Union County’s Homicide Task Force was notified by the Elizabeth Police Department that a shooting had occurred in the area of the 600 block of Carteret Street. The victims were Orlando Hernandez, 39, and a 26-year old man. Both are from Elizabeth, said Romankow.

Hernandez was transported to University Hospital in grave condition, and succumbed to his injuries on Monday afternoon, officials said. The other victim taken to a local hospital and was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Elizabeth patrol officers Jose Montilla and Ronnie Cruz were in the area of the 600 block of Carteret Street on Friday when they heard gun shots. The officers immediately responded and gave chase to an individual they believed to be involved in the incident, said Romankow.

The officers called for backup and Detectives Raul Delaprida and Jose Martinez responded to the call and apprehended the suspect, officials said.

As in all criminal cases, the charges against James are merely accusations. He is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in court.


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