An unidentified teenager has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of 16 year-old Pedro Rodriguez in Bergen-Lafayette on December 16.
The 17 year-old juvenile suspect from Jersey City was arrested after surrendering to homicide unit detectives at the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office in Jersey City. He was arrested without incident and will be remanded to the Morris County Juvenile Detention Center pending his first appearance.
Rodriguez was gunned down just before noon while inside “O’Lala Empanadas” at 600 Communipaw Avenue.
According to reports on the day of the shooting, a youth was seen leaving the crime scene in a stolen dark blue 2016 Subaru Legacy.
The 17 year-old was charged with Murder; Possession of a Weapon (firearm) for an Unlawful Purpose; and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (firearm).
An additional arrest is expected.
The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit is actively investigating the case with assistance from the Jersey City Police Department. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor at 201-915-1345 or to leave an anonymous tip on the Hudson County Prosecutor’s official website.
All information will be kept confidential.