Passaic County officials announced that Ms. Chelsee Ramirez, 19, of Paterson, and a 17-year-old juvenile male, also from Paterson, were arrested on Tuesday concerning the homicide that occurred on May 1, 2021, in the area of Totowa and Redwood Avenues in the City of Paterson.
Police said Ms. Ramirez and the 17-year-old male were charged with Murder, first degree; Conspiracy to Commit Murder, first degree; and two counts of Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, third degree.
According to police, on Saturday, May 1, at approximately 6:57 p.m., members of the Paterson Police Department were dispatched to the intersection of Totowa Avenue and Redwood Avenue in response to a report of a shooting.
Upon their arrival, officers located Mr. Jose Figueroa, 21, from Newark, lying in the street with apparent gunshot wounds. Mr. Figueroa was immediately transported to St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, where he was later pronounced deceased.
Officials said the subsequent investigation revealed that the shooting was a coordinated attack involving multiple shooters in multiple locations. In addition, Ramirez and the juvenile were involved in the planning and execution of the shooting, including transporting the shooters to the scene of the shooting incident.
Police said Ramirez is currently in custody at the Passaic County Jail and the juvenile is in custody at the Essex County Juvenile Detention Center in Newark.
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