Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office

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                                *News Release*          Date: November 17, 2009

 
 

 

 

 


Fugitive arrested following broadcast of ‘’America’s Most Wanted”

 

 

          Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and Sayreville Police Chief Edward Szkodny announced today that a man wanted on charges of injuring four people in a shooting in 2006 was arrested hours after the case was featured on ‘’America’s Most Wanted.’’

 

Prince Alvarado (DOB 4/27/81) was apprehended by the U.S. Marshals Service in his apartment in Sanford, Florida at 2 a.m. on November 15, 2009.

 

The arrest was made after at least four people watching the television program on November 14, 2009, called the program’s studio in Washington, D.C. to offer information on the case.

 

Alvarado had remained at large since he was charged with four counts of attempted murder and four counts of aggravated assault after three women and a man were shot and wounded behind a convenience store in the parking lot of the Suburban Mall on Ernston Road in Sayreville on August 27, 2006.

 

In November 2006, Alvarado was indicted by a grand jury in Middlesex County on those counts, as well as charges of possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. In addition, he was charged with possessing the weapon after he had been convicted of a felony in an unrelated case.

 

Bail was set at $2 million and a warrant was issued for his arrest when he failed to appear for a court hearing on February 28, 2007.

 

Investigator Frank Giampietro and Sgt. Kevin Morton, both members of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Fugitive Unit, conducted an on-going search for Alvarado and an alleged accomplice, Bernard E. Lopez (DOB 1/14/80) of Parlin.

 

Lopez, who had been free on bail, was tried in February 2008 on a charge of possession of a weapon in the shooting incident, but fled when he was convicted.

 

He was apprehended in The Bronx in November 2008, by the U.S. Marshals New York – New Jersey Regional Task Force, and was returned to New Jersey. He currently is serving a five-year term at a New Jersey state prison.

 

Over the past summer, members of the Fugitive Unit, the U.S. Marshals Service in New Jersey and the New Jersey State Police contacted television producers, who agreed to broadcast a segment on Alvarado on ‘’America’s Most Wanted.’’

 

Alvarado waived extradition on November 16, 2009, and is expected to be returned to New Jersey within a week.

 

As is the case with all criminal defendants, Alvarado is presumed innocent until proven guilty.