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Arrests Made in Homicide of Gas Station Attendant in Paterson


PATERSON, N.J - Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Paterson Police Deputy Chief Troy Oswald announce that through the joint and intensive efforts of the detectives of the Major Crimes Unit of the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office and the detectives from the Paterson Police Department, two men were arrested without incident on January 26, 2017. The two men have been charged for their alleged roles in the murder and robbery of 57-year-old Ruslan Magamedov, of Fair Lawn, New Jersey, which occurred on Monday, January 23, 2017, while he was working as a gas station attendant at 1st Ave Gas, located at 81 1st Avenue, in Paterson, New Jersey.

Dennis Barrett, 21 years old from Paterson, New Jersey and Jorge Martinez, 21 years old from Garfield, New Jersey have been charged with Felony Murder, a crime of the first degree; Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, a crime of the second degree; Robbery, a crime of the first degree; Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, a crime of the second degree; and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, a crime of the second degree. If convicted, each defendant faces up to life imprisonment with a mandatory period of 30 years of parole ineligibility.

The defendants are scheduled to appear today, January 27, 2017, at 1:30 p.m., in Passaic County Superior Court before Judge John Meola, P.J.M.C.

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This is an active and ongoing investigation.

The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office asks anyone with information about this incident to contact us on our tips line at 1-877-370- PCPO or

Anyone with additional information may also contact the Paterson Police Department Detective Bureau at (973) 321-1120.

A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite these accusations, the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

For media inquiries concerning this case, contact Chief Assistant Prosecutor Paul DeGroot of the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at or at (973) 837-7671.

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