Clifton Man Arrested for Shots Fired Incident

Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Acting Clifton Police Chief Thomas Rinaldi annouce that based upon an investigation by the Clifton Police Department, Mr. Erik Aroche- Domingues, 25, from Clifton was arrested in relation to an shooting investigation that took place on April 20, 2020 in the area of Highland and Hope Avenue Clifton.

Police said Mr. Aroche-Domingues is charged with Second Degree; Unlawful Possession of a Handgun (2 counts), Second Degree; Possession of a Handgun for an Unlawful Purpose (2 Counts); and Fourth degree; Possession of a High Capacity Magazine (2 counts).

According to police, on April 20, members of the Clifton Police Department responded to the area of Highland and Hope Avenue on a report of shots fired.

Upon arrival officers observed evidence of a crime scene, but no victim was located.

Police say based on review of surveillance cameras in the area an individual later identified as Erik Aroche-Domingues was observed firing a handgun into the air.

Police arrested Mr. Erik Aroche-Domingues today in the area of Cutler Street Clifton.

Police say at the time of his arrest, a handgun was recovered.

The sentencing exposure for Mr. Aroche-Domingues on each count of Second Degree Unlawful Possession of a Handgun it is 5-10 years New Jersey State Prison with a minimum of 42 months before parole eligibility pursuant to the Graves Act; on each count Second Degree Possession of a Handgun for an Unlawful Purpose it is 5-10 years New Jersey State Prison with 42 months of parole ineligibility pursuant to the Graves Act; and on each count of Fourth Degree Possession of a High Capacity Magazine it is up to 18 months New Jersey State Prison.

The State has filed a motion for pretrial detention in this matter that will be heard by Judge a Superior Court Judge.

A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite this accusation, defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.