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Within Minutes Paterson Police Apprehend Shooting Suspect at Squirrelwood Road Exit in Woodland Park

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PATERSON, NJ - On March 17 at approximately 10:40 p.m., Paterson Police responded to the area of Market and East 31 Streets on a report of a person shot.

On arrival, officers located an apparent crime scene, and were advised by witnesses that a shooting victim had been placed in a private vehicle, and taken to the hospital. A short time later, the victim, a 19-year-old male from Paterson, arrived at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the leg. Officers at the scene quickly began gathering information, which included an account that the suspects had fled the scene in a blue Acura sedan. A NJ license plate was also provided to patrol officers, who immediately had it broadcast to all personnel.

Within minutes, Officer Cesar Heyaime advised that he was following the vehicle westbound on Route 80, and that the vehicle was exiting on Squirrelwood Road and heading back in the direction of Paterson. Officer Hayaime, along with back-up, conducted a stop on the exit ramp. Three occupants of that vehicle were detained without incident. As a result of the follow-up investigation Ricardo Goris, 22, of Paterson was charged with attempted murder and weapons offenses and Julian Jimenez, 23, of Paterson, was charged with assault and endangering another. The third occupant of the vehicle was released.

“Without the decisive action taken by patrol officers and detectives at the initial scene, and the gathering and broadcast of crucial information, which resulted in Officer Heyaime’s locating the suspect vehicle, the prompt apprehension of these individuals would not have been possible, said Captain P. Murray.

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