Passaic County officials announce the arrest and detention of Horus G. Nunez-Velazquez, 35 years old, from Kearny, following a joint investigation by the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, Sexual Investigations Unit in conjunction with the Paterson Police Department.
According to officials, Nunez-Velazquez was apprehended in Pennsylvania on June 9, 2022, processed on his outstanding arrest warrant, which was filed on February 17, 2022, and subsequently extradited back to New Jersey.
Nunez-Velazquez is charged with kidnapping, aggravated sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual contact and refusal to allow a biological sample to be drawn.
County officials said that on May 19, 2021, the mother of a 32-year-old mentally incapacitated woman contacted the Paterson Police Department to report her daughter missing from her residence.
The investigation revealed that Nunez-Velazquez had met the woman online, picked her up from her residence and took her to a nearby park and subsequently to his apartment.
According to county officials, during a forensic interview, the woman disclosed numerous sexual acts with Nunez-Velazquez in a park, in his car and his apartment.
Nunez-Velazquez drove the woman back to her home and shoved her out of his vehicle when he noticed he was being followed by the woman’s family.
Nunez-Velazquez was later identified as the suspect, was charged accordingly, and taken into custody.
Officials said that Nunez-Velazquez is currently detained at the Passaic County Jail. The State filed a motion for pretrial detention, which was granted by Superior Court Judge Marybel Mercado-Ramirez on August 11, 2022.
The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office asks anyone with additional information about this incident or other incidents regarding this individual to contact them on their tips line at 1-877-370-PCPO.