Two Juveniles Accused of December, 2021 Murder of 16-Year Old Jersey City Male Will Be Charged As Adults

Photo Credit:  Pedro Rodriguez, Greenville Memorial Home, Jersey City                                                                                                                                             CHARGES WAIVED UP TO SUPERIOR COURT FOR JUVENILES CHARGED IN FATAL SHOOTING OF JERSEY CITY TEEN

Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez has announced that on Friday, September 9, 2022, charges were waived up to the Law Division of the Superior Court for two juveniles in connection with the fatal shooting of 16-year-old Pedro Rodriguez.

18-year old Juan Crawford and 17-year old Leo Barker, both of Jersey City, are each charged with murder, a crime of the first degree and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, a crime of the second degree.  Crawford was 17 when the shooting occurred and was arrested and charged as a juvenile on December 27, 2021. Barker was 16 when the shooting occurred and was arrested and charged as a juvenile on March 23, 2022.

Prosecutor Suarez says that on Thursday, December 16, 2021, shortly after 11:45 a.m., the Jersey City Police Department responded to 600 Communipaw Avenue in Jersey City on a report of shots fired.  Responding officers found an unresponsive male victim – later identified as Pedro Rodriguez, 16, of Jersey City – with apparent gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 12:00 p.m.

The Regional Medical Examiner determined the cause of death to be gunshot wounds and the manner of death to be Homicide.  If convicted as adults, Crawford and Barker face up to life in prison.

The above charges are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.