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Release*†††††††††††††††† Date: March 14, 2014
†††††††††††††††††† †††† Middlesex
County Prosecutorís Office
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† *News Release*†††††††††††††††† Date: March 14, 2014
Second suspect apprehended in New Brunswick homicide
††††††††† Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and
Anthony A. Caputo, director of the New Brunswick Police Department, announced
that a second suspect has been arrested and is being held on charges of fatally
††††††††† Jonathan Rodriguez, 21, of
is among three individuals who have been charged with murder and conspiracy to
possess a handgun in the death of Rahim Fuqua, 30, who was shot on
third suspect in the fatal shooting, Steven Perez, 19, also of
††††††††† Also arrested and charged in the shooting is Christian A.
Peguero, 25, of the Monmouth Junction section of
††††††††† Peguero was wounded in the right leg during the shooting
and has been treated for the injury. He is being held at the
for Rodriguez has been set at $1 million. He is being held in
Bail for Perez has been set at $2 million.
three were charged with murder and the weapons offense after an investigation
by Detective Brandt Gregus of the New Brunswick Police Department and
was taken to
†Peguero subsequently was arrested and charged
wounded in the shooting was an innocent bystander, identified as a 34-year-old
city resident. He was treated at
The investigation has determined that Fuqua was the intended target of the shooting, which was not a random act.
Fuqua, who was found on his front steps of his home, was armed with a handgun, but it appeared that the weapon had not been fired.
It also was noted that the house where Fuqua resided has been the scene of prior police investigations.
investigation is active and is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to
call Detective Gregus of the New Brunswick Police Department at (732) 745-4217,
As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges filed against Peguero, Perez and Rodriguez are merely accusations and they are presumed innocent until proven guilty.