Teenager Wanted in Connection With Fatal Shooting of 16-Year Old on Communipaw Ave. in Jersey City Arrested & Charged With Murder

Photo Credit: Google Maps                                                                                                                                                                                                                         The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit this afternoon arrested the Jersey City teenager who was wanted in connection with the December 16, 2021 fatal shooting of 16-year old Pedro Rodriguez on Communipaw Avenue in Jersey City.

A statement just released by Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez says, at approximately 2:00 p.m., a 17-year-old suspect from Jersey City was arrested after surrendering himself 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.

The 17-year-old was charged with Murder in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3 and 2C:2-6; Possession of a Weapon (firearm) for an Unlawful Purpose in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4a; and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (firearm) in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5b.

The incident unfolded as follows:   On Thursday, December 16, 2021, shortly after 11:45 a.m., the Jersey City Police Department responded to the area of 600 Communipaw Avenue in Jersey City on a report of shots fired. The 2 responding police officers found an unresponsive male victim at that location with apparent gunshot wound(s). The injured male, later identified as Rodriguez of Jersey City, was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 12:00 p.m.

The Regional Medical Examiner determined the cause of death to be multiple gunshot wounds and the manner of death to be homicide.  Prosecutor Suarez credited the arrest to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit with the assistance of the Jersey City Police Department. An additional arrest is expected.

The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit is actively investigating this 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 at: http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/. All information will be kept confidential.

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