UNION COUNTY — A man suspected charged with multiple counts of attempted murder of police officers was taken into custody when he showed up at Linden police headquarters to inquire about his brother’s arrest, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Monday.
A Union County grand jury recently returned a 26-count superseding indictment against Roberto Moreno-Duque, 23, of Linden, who was apprehended last week.
Moreno-Duque, also known as “Chill,” was being held in Union County Jail on $1 million bail set by state Superior Court Judge Frederic R. McDaniel.
Moreno-Duque and a second man, a Bayonne resident, traveled to the 400 block of North Broad Street in Elizabeth on Oct. 24, 2010 seeking to avenge an associate who had been stabbed in the area just hours earlier, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutor Brent A. Bramnick, who is prosecuting the case.
The pair opened fire on four men they believed were responsible for the stabbing, but their targets were actually plain-clothes Elizabeth police officers at the scene investigating, said Bramnick, of the prosecutor’s office Guns, Gangs, Drugs and Violent Crimes Task Force.
None of the four officers were injured. A year-long joint investigation involving the Elizabeth Police Department, the Linden Police Department, the New Jersey State Police and the Union County Prosecutor’s Office ensued, through which Moreno-Duque and his co-defendant were identified as suspects.
Linden Police Capt. James Sarnicki said detectives looking for the suspect stopped his brother Bryan, 18, and found him with two bags of suspected marijuana and cocaine, along with a loaded Titan .25 caliber handgun while he was driving their 55-year-old mother.
When Roberto Moreno-Duque visited police headquarters to inquire about his brother’s arrest, officers informed him of the homicide warrant and arrested him.
These criminal charges are mere accusations. Each defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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