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City Man Arrested, Later Charged With Murder in Drift Street Killing

MCPO Announces Murder Charge Against City Resident in Fatal March 7 Shooting
NBPD logo Charlie Kratovil

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—City police and county prosecutors say they have solved a March 7 murder, charging someone arrested "on unrelated charges" the following day with several serious crimes.

Raymundo Jael Perez-Garcia, 23-year-old city man was arrested on March 8, just one day after he allegedly shot at three men, fatally wounding one of them, at the intersection of Townsend and Drift Streets.

But the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office (MCPO) waited until more than a week later to file serious charges against him, according to their March 16 press release.

Perez-Garcia was charged with the murder of 33-year-old Marcos Hernandez, who the MCPO identified as a resident of Passaic.  Hernandez died two days after being shot.

Another unidentified 27-year-old man was shot in the leg in the same incident and hospitalized, which yielded an attempted murder charge.

Perez-Garcia also was charged with conspiracy to commit the murder of a 19-year-old man who was not injured, according to the MCPO.

Bail was set at $500,000 for Perez-Garcia, but the jail's records department could not say for sure whether anyone had been admitted under that name.

The MCPO press release did not mention the unrelated charges Perez-Garcia was arrested on, and offerred very limited information considering the severity of the crime.

Although the incident is being portrayed as the city's first murder of 2016, multiple sources have alleged that an alleged suicide on January 29 was actually a homicide. 

Anyone with information related to the shooting is asked to call Detective Weiss or Detective Lopez of the New Brunswick Police Department at (732) 745-5217.