††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††† *News
Release* †† ††††††Date: October 27, 2009
††††††††††††††††††† †††† Middlesex
County Prosecutorís Office
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††† *News Release* †† ††††††Date: October 27, 2009
County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and New Brunswick Police Director Anthony A.
Caputo announced that a
J. Mercado (DOB 8/12/81) of May Street,
Mercado also was charged with armed robbery, carjacking, unlawful possession of a shotgun and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.
defendant was arrested following an intensive investigation by the New
Brunswick Police Departmentís Anti-Crime Unit, New Brunswick Detective Ronoldy
Martinez and Investigator
receiving a 911 call at 5:07 a.m. on October 23, 2009, police found Mr. Filardi
on the sidewalk on
was taken to
The investigation determined that after Mr. Filardi was shot, his car was stolen. The vehicle since has been recovered.
subsequently was apprehended this morning on
remains in custody without bail pending a hearing at 1:30 p.m. today before
Superior Court Judge Frederick P. DeVesa at the Middlesex County Courthouse in
The investigation remains active. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Martinez at (732) 745-5200, or Investigator Ricardo at (732) 745-4239.
As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Mercado are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.