NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – A Somerset County Grand Jury has indicted five men and one women for the murder of Nelson Noe Garcia-Lopez, 24 of North Plainfield, according to:Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.
The indictments for murder and related crimes were returned on Nov. 13 against:
- Oscar Ivan Baquendo-Martinez, 23, West 4th Street, Plainfield;
- Patricio M. Piruch-Nekta, Clinton Place, Plainfield;
- Cesar A. Carcamo-Ortega,25, East 2nd Street, Plainfield;
- Nelson S. Aguilar-Lopez, 20, West Front Street, Plainfield;
- Alder E. Juarez, age 22, West 7th Street, Plainfield.
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.
Robertson provided the following details of the incident:
North Plainfield Police received a 911 call at 2:18 a.m. on Aug.19, 2018, about a man having been stabbed in the area of Grove Street in North Plainfield, near the Plainfield border. North Plainfield police officers found the victim suffering from stab wounds. He was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. 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..
Police determined that six minutes before receiving the 911 call, Garcia-Lopez, who was alone, walked past a group of 15 individuals, several of whom eventually began to chase the victim on foot as he ran down Grove Street into North Plainfield. Interviews and surveillance footage helped police identify the suspects who were eventually arrested.
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.
Robertson requests anyone with information relating to this homicide to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes 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.