NEW BRUNSWICK — Police have arrested and charged three men with fatally shooting a 19-year-old New Brunswick man last weekend, Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Anthony A. Caputo, director of the New Brunswick Police Department, announced Thursday night.
Each of the three was charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and unlawful possession of a handgun in the death of Eduardo Mendez on Saturday, July 13.
The three defendants are identified as: Edwin Morales, 20, and Danilo Lemus-Ramos, 18, both of New Brunswick, and Adrian Islas, 25, of North Brunswick.
Morales was arrested in New Brunswick on Sunday, July 14, and was held on charges filed in an unrelated case. Lemus-Ramos was arrested in Elizabeth late Thursday, and Islas was arrested in North Brunswick at approximately 1:20 a.m. on July 18.
The three remain in custody, authorities said. Bail was set at $2 million for Lemus-Ramos and was set at $1.75 million each for Morales and Islas.
The arrests were made during an intensive investigation by Detective Brandt Gregus of the New Brunswick Police Department and Investigator Scott Crocco of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.
Carey stated, “Since this senseless murder occurred on Saturday, members of the New Brunswick Police Department and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office have worked carefully, diligently and tirelessly to solve this case and I commend the efforts of all involved.”
The investigation began when police were dispatched to Talmadge Street in New Brunswick at 8:11 p.m. on July 13, and found the victim outside a house on the 200-block.
The victim was pronounced dead at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick at 8:49 p.m. on July 13.
An autopsy performed by the Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office determined the victim had been fatally shot.
The investigation is active and continuing. Investigators are asking anyone with information to call Detective Gregus of the New Brunswick Police Department at (732) 745-5217, or Investigator Crocco of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-4471.
The charges against the suspects are merely accusations; they are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
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