Paterson man charged as Perth Amboy shooter

Prosecutors said Samuel A. Zarzuela, 20, of Paterson, was arrested on suspicion of attempted homicide related to a September 27 shooting in Perth Amboy.

Samuel Zarzuela of Paterson

Zarzuela and another man, 19-year-old Alberto Rosario-DeJesus, were observed inside a white Honda Accord with Texas registration that was improperly parked near a stop sign on Redwood Avenue in Paterson at around 2:50 a.m.

When officers approached the vehicle and spoke to Zarzuela, the driver, they detected strong marijuana odor emanating from the vehicle, according to Passaic County Sheriff Richard Berdnik.

Officers searching the vehicle seized a Kel-Tec PF-9 9mm handgun loaded with three rounds, $4,291 cash, a plastic vial containing marijuana, a digital scale, and several small clear plastic bags.

Zarzuela was arrested on two active warrants, one out of Passaic County for unlawful possession of a weapon and the other for attempted homicide in Perth Amboy.

Mayoral candidate Joseph B. Vas says two street gangs are vying for control of in Perth Amboy, where police have been busy defending against excessive force lawsuits and playing politics.

Members of the two outlaw groups — Trinitarios and Dominicans Don’t Play (DDP) — exchanged gunfire and engaged in a car chase the early morning hours of Sunday, Sept. 27, after which Perth Amboy police recovered 30 spent bullet casings.

Vas, an attorney who is seeking to oust incumbent Mayor Wilda Diaz, has alleged that his opponent failed to properly supervise law enforcement and instead cultivated political support among police employees, leading to a decline in morale and poor results for the community.

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