PATERSON, NEW JERSEY- Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Paterson Police Deputy Chief Heriberto Rodriguez announce that through the intensive efforts of the Major Crimes Homicide Unit of the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office and the Paterson Police Department, along with the assistance of the United States Marshals Service, Segundo “Paul” Ocon, 37 years of age, of Paterson, New Jersey, the suspect in a May 5, 2017 homicide of a Paterson resident, Jose Edward Barriga Huaya, 48 years of age, was apprehended earlier today, May 11, 2017, at 724 East 27th Street in Paterson, New Jersey, and placed under arrest.
The investigation reveals that the homicide took place in the early morning hours of May 5, 2017, inside an apartment located at 410 Market Street in Paterson, which was shared by both men, along with a third roommate. Segundo Ocon is alleged to have stabbed Jose Edward Barriga Huaya twice in the torso with a large kitchen knife after Barriga Huaya was allegedly making noise in the living room of the apartment while Segundo Ocon was trying to sleep. It is further alleged that Segundo Ocon fled the apartment after the stabbing, leaving the knife at the scene. Jose Edward Barriga Huaya was pronounced deceased at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, New Jersey, at approximately 3:06 a.m. that same morning. Segundo Ocon never returned to the Market Street apartment.
Segundo Ocon is charged with Murder, first degree; Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, third degree; and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, fourth degree. If convicted, Segundo Ocon faces up to life imprisonment with a mandatory period of 30 years of parole ineligibility.
A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite this accusation, the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office asks anyone with additional information about this incident to contact us on our tips line at 1-877-370-PCPO or tips@passaiccountynj.org.
Anyone with additional information may also contact the Paterson Police Department Detective Bureau at (973) 321-1120.
The First Appearance for Segundo Ocon is scheduled for tomorrow, May 12, 2017, at 1:30 p.m., before the Honorable John F. Meola, P.J.M.C., in courtroom 411 of the New Courthouse in Paterson.
For media inquiries concerning this case, contact Chief Assistant Prosecutor Paul DeGroot of the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at PDegroot@passaiccountynj.org or at (973) 837-7671.