Bergen County Prosecutor Charges North Bergen Man With 3-Year Old Fairview Murder

 Photo Credit:  Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office                                                                                                                                                                                   NORTH BERGEN MAN CHARGED WITH MURDER, CONSPIRACY, WEAPON POSSESSION, PERJURY, HINDERING APPREHENSION, AND TAMPERING WITH EVIDENCE

Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella today announced the arrest of 21-year old Dylan E. Rodriguez, an unmarried construction worker of 31 74th Street in North Bergen on charges of felony murder, hindering apprehension, possession of weapon for unlawful purpose, and conspiracy to commit, perjury, and tampering with evidence. The arrest is the result of an investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Jason Love, which is a continuing investigation of the murder of David Duque-Soto which occurred in Fairview on June 29, 2019.

The perjury charges are based on the March 2, 2022 testimony of Rodriguez at the trial of Lexie Burke in Bergen County Superior Court for the murder of Duque-Soto.  Rodriguez, who was sworn to testify truthfully under oath, perjured himself, specifically by providing false information during the trial, including about his role in the murder of Duque-Soto. An investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit revealed that Rodriguez provided a handgun that was utilized during the murder of Duque-Soto on June 29, 2019, contrary to Rodriguez’s sworn testimony.

On Monday, July 24, 2022, Rodriguez was arrested and charged with first-degree felony murder; first-degree accomplice liability to commit armed robbery; second-degree possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose; second-degree conspiracy to commit armed robbery; third-degree perjury; third degree hindering apprehension; and fourth-degree tampering with evidence.  He was remanded to the Bergen County Jail pending his first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack.

Prosecutor Musella states that the charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.