PATERSON, N.J. - A Paterson woman and a Bronx, N.Y. man face charges including the attempted murder of a law enforcement officer on Oct. 14 in Paterson, authorities said Monday.
In a brief statement, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia Valdes announced the filing of charges against Adonis Almonte, 21, of Bronx, and Carmen Ortega, 21, of Paterson. Almonte was arrested charged by the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office on Oct. 15 said Valdes. Ortega was arrested and charged on Oct. 16, sait the prosecutor.
The incident that led to the charges took place near Oak and Madison Streets in Paterson at about 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 14. "The charges allege that Mr. Almonte and Ms. Ortega, through their own conduct or as an accomplice, attempted to cause the death of another by firing a handgun at an off-duty law enforcement officer from the Harrison Police Department," Valdes said. "A vehicle containing the suspects crashed into a home at the corner of Oak and Madison Streets. Ms. Ortega fled the scene and Mr. Almonte was located on scene."
The prosecutor said the officer was not injured. Almonte, however, suffered minor injuries and was treated, she said.
Both people were charged with one count of first degree attempted murder, one count of second degree possession of a weapon (a handgun) for an unlawful purpose and one count of second degree unlawful possession of a weapon, the handgun, said Valdes.
If convicted of attempted murder, Almonte and Ortega face up to 20 years in state prison. The handgun charges each carry a maximum term of 10 years in prison.
"The investigation in this matter, including the use of force by police, remains ongoing," said the prosecutor. "At this time, further information will not be released so as not to jeopardize the safety of persons involved or to jeopardize the investigation in progress."
She went on to explain that the state's Open Public Records Act and Executive Order #69 "address the balancing required during ongoing investigations." Valdes said "not all information regarding an arrest may be or should be released within 24 hours," asserting that, "in an ongoing investigation, the release of information is guided by concerns including victim safety, the integrity of the investigation, and harm to a bona fide law enforcement purpose or public safety."
The prosecutor said the release of information "pertinent to public safety, and the timing of its release, are designed to minimize witness taint, encourage current and future witness cooperation, protects (sic) the rights of criminal defendants or suspects, and engender trust with the public."
The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office is asking anyone with additional information about this incident to contact us on its tips line at 1-877-370-PCPO or firstname.lastname@example.org.