HACKENSACK, NJ -- Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the arrest of Omar Smadiya, Garfield, NJ on multiple charges, including attempted murder, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and possession of a high capacity magazine; and Christopher Manon-Velez, Passaic, NJ, on a charge of burglary to a motor vehicle. The arrests are the result of an investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutors Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti and the Garfield Police Department under the direction of Chief Raymond Kovach.
On Tuesday, January 8, 2019, at approximately 3:26 a.m., the Garfield Police Department received information that a victim was shot in the area of Farnham Avenue in Garfield, according to a press release. The victim, Manon-Velez, was found at a local restaurant and taken to an area hospital with a gunshot wound to the back. The investigation revealed that Manon-Velez had burglarized several vehicles in the area just prior to the shooting. Smadiya, the owner of one of the vehicles, armed himself with a handgun and confronted Manon-Velez outside his vehicle. Manon-Velez fled, and Smadiya shot at him striking him once in the back. He was treated for internal injuries and is in stable condition at this time.
Smadiya was arrested on January 8, in Garfield, NJ. He is scheduled for a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack, NJ on January 11 at 9:00 a.m.
Manon-Velez was arrested on January 8, 2019, and charged with one count of burglary to a motor vehicle. He was served with a summons and released pending an appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack, NJ on January 28, 2019, at 9:00 a.m.
Acting Prosecutor Calo states that the charges are merely accusations and that the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
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