PATERSON, N.J. –  On March 17, 2017 at on or about 2:00 am the Paterson Police Department and Paterson Fire Department responded to a 911 call of a car on fire outside on the 500 block of East 28th Street in the City of Paterson. Upon the arrival of the police officers and firefighters they observed a vehicle that was engulfed in flames and the Paterson firefighters proceeded to extinguish the fire, at which time it was learned that there were two bodies inside the vehicle. 

Police officers proceeded to secure the crime scene, and notify the Detectives of the Paterson Police Department, Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office and the Arson investigators of the Paterson Fire Department. 

Crime Scene Unit, D/Sgt. Angelo Sisti and Det. John Scully responded to the scene along with the following detectives who are assigned to the investigation. D/Lt. Dan Rooney, D/Sgt. Abe Hamdeh, Det. Steve Leishman, Det. Richard Martinez, Det. Al Bermudez, along with Det. Sabrina McKoy of the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office (PCPO) were assigned to jointly investigate the Homicide / Arson with Capt. Mike Scherer, Firefighter Jason Legette of the Paterson Fire Department Arson Unit along with Det. Joseph McCone, Det. Pauline Nassimos (PCPO- Arson Unit).

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Detectives arrived at the scene and proceeded to conduct an investigation into the Homicide of the two unidentified victims and the Arson to the vehicle. The two unidentified victims were taken to the New Jersey Medical Examiner’s Office where they will be examined and identified through medical records with the support of the detectives working the investigation.

Due to the fact that the victims have not been identified by the medical examiners no information will released until a positive identification is made and the families notified. 

The Paterson Police Department Detective Bureau is asking for the assistance from the public regarding this investigation. Anyone that may have information please contact D/Sgt. Abe Hamdeh, Det. Steve Leishman, Det. Richard Martinez, Det. Al Bermudez, along with Det. Sabrina McKoy of the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office (PCPO) at the Paterson Police Detective Bureau 973-321-1120.