Suspect Wanted in Fatal Shooting of Jersey City Man Arrested in Florida


Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez has released the following information:

The suspect wanted in connection with the February 28 , 2021 fatal shooting of a 34-year-old Jersey City man, Christian Parra, was apprehended and arrested yesterday afternoon in New Port Richey, Florida.

Ariel Dumit, 35, of New Port Richey, Florida, was apprehended by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force Central District of Florida with the assistance of the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office. He is pending extradition proceedings to be brought back to New Jersey.

Dumit has been charged with Murder in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3A(1)(2), a crime of the first-degree; Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purposes in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39- 4A(1), a crime of the second-degree; and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5B(1), a crime of the second-degree.

On Sunday, February 28, 2021, at approximately 8:18 p.m., members of the Jersey City Police Department responded to the BJ’s Parking Lot on Marin Boulevard and Second Street in Jersey City on reports of a shooting.

Responding officers found a male victim of a gunshot wound to the torso. The victim, later identified as Christian Parra, age 34, of Jersey City, was transported to the Jersey City Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries. Parra was pronounced deceased at 9 p.m. The Regional Medical Examiner’s Office determined the cause of death to be a gunshot wound to the torso and the manner of death to be homicide.

Prosecutor Suarez credited the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit, the Jersey City Police Department, the U.S. Marshals NY/NJ Fugitive Task Force, the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force Central District of Florida, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office for the investigation and arrest.

The above charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty. R.P.C.3.6(b)(6).