Five Plainfield men and one Plainfield woman indicted in relation to homicide of North Plainfield man
North Plainfield, NJ
November 16, 2018 - NEWS RELEASE
Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor and North Plainfield Chief of Police William Parenti announced that on November 13, 2018, a Somerset County Grand Jury returned an indictment in relation to the homicide of Nelson Noe Garcia-Lopez, age 24 of North Plainfield, New Jersey. The following five men were indicted for the murder of Garcia-Lopez and related crimes:
- Oscar Ivan Baquendo-Martinez, age 23
West 4th Street, Plainfield, New Jersey
- Patricio M. Piruch-Nekta, age 25
Clinton Place, Plainfield, New Jersey
- Cesar A. Carcamo-Ortega, age 25
East 2nd Street, Plainfield, New Jersey
- Nelson S. Aguilar-Lopez, age 20
West Front Street, Plainfield, New Jersey
- Alder E. Juarez, age 22
West 7th Street, Plainfield, New Jersey
Prosecutor Robertson stated that in addition to first degree murder, the defendants were indicted for second degree conspiracy to commit murder and/or aggravated assault, third degree possession of a weapon (a knife) for an unlawful purpose, and third degree Rioting. A sixth individual, Gicsy B. Galindo-Acosta, age 22 of West Front Street, Plainfield, New Jersey, was indicted for two counts of third degree hindering apprehension or prosecution.
Prosecutor Robertson stated that on August 19, 2018, at approximately 2:18 a.m., a 9-1-1 call was received regarding a stabbing victim in the area of Grove Street in North Plainfield, New Jersey, near the Plainfield border. Initial responding North Plainfield police officers found the victim suffering from stab wounds. He was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. The deceased was identified as Nelson Noe Garcia-Lopez, age 24 of North Plainfield, New Jersey. Detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes and Crime Scene Units, the North Plainfield Police Department, and medical investigators from the New Jersey Northern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office responded to conduct the investigation. The post-mortem examination revealed that Garcia-Lopez had been stabbed multiple times throughout his body and the manner of death was deemed a homicide.
Prosecutor Robertson stated that Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office detectives and the North Plainfield Police Department were assisted by members of the Plainfield Police Department. The investigation revealed that at approximately 2:12 a.m. on Sunday, August 19th, the victim Garcia-Lopez, while walking alone on West Front Street, passed a group of approximately fifteen individuals, several of whom eventually began to chase the victim on foot as he ran down Grove Street into North Plainfield. As a result of conducting an investigation that included conducting numerous interviews and reviewing surveillance videos from the area, the five Plainfield men listed above were identified as being a part of the group that chased down, assaulted and killed Garcia-Lopez.
The matter was presented to the Grand Jury by Somerset County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Robert J. Hawkes and Somerset County Assistant Prosecutor William A. Guhl. All six defendants are currently in the Somerset County Jail on pre-trial detention.
Prosecutor Robertson, Chief Fodor and Chief Parenti request anyone with information to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Unit at (908) 231-7100 or the North Plainfield Police Department at (908) 769-2937 or via the STOPit app. The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ. Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477) or online at www.888577tips.org or at www.scpo.net and click on either “Crime Stoppers” or “TIPS HOTLINE”. All anonymous Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.
Note: We are required by the Rules of Court to include herein a statement explaining that the charges are merely an accusation and that the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.