RAHWAY — A weeklong search for two Jersey City men wanted in connection with a November homicide outside the Breathless nightclub ended with the successful apprehension of both suspects identified by authorities earlier this week.
Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Monday that Ericdelman Vega, 36, a.k.a. “Editto,” and 37-year-old Alexis Vazquez have been charged in connection with the death of 27-year-old Jorge Torres.
Vega was arrested following a routine traffic stop near the Jersey City entrance to the Holland Tunnel Thursday afternoon, two days after Vazquez turned himself in to authorities in Elizabeth.
Vega is charged with first-degree murder and weapons offenses while Vazquez is charged with second-degree hindering apprehension and fourth-degree tampering with evidence in connection with the shooting death of 27-year-old Jorge Torres of Newark.
At about 3 a.m. on Nov. 10, 2013, Rahway police officers responding to reports of shots being fired near the 800 block of Hart Street, located an injured Torres seated in a vehicle parked just outside the entrance to the building’s parking lot, according to Union County Homicide Task Force Supervisor Michael Henn. Torres was pronounced dead at the scene.
An intensive seven-month investigation by the county and the Rahway Police Department resulted in the two defendants being identified as suspects, and charges against the two men were filed late last week.
After being pulled over Thursday by a Port Authority of New York & New Jersey police officer for driving a vehicle with tinted license plate covers, Vega also was found to be in possession of a knife, 15 oxycodone pills, and more than $10,000 in cash; weapons and drug charges were filed in Hudson County before he was transferred to Union County Jail. Bail for Vega was set at $2 million by state Superior Court Judge Scott J. Moynihan, who also set Vazquez’s bail at $200,000.
“We would like to thank our partners at the Port Authority Police Department for their outstanding work in apprehending this suspect,” said acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park. “It was a testament to this officer’s vigilance and attentiveness that he was able to identify Mr. Vega and make the arrest.”
A spokesperson for Park noted that these criminal charges are mere accusations and each defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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