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Passaic Man Arrested in Connection with Shooting Investigation


Passaic County officials announce that based upon an investigation by the Passaic Police Department, Adonis Reyes, 28, from Passaic, was arrested in relation to a shooting investigation that took place April 24, in the area of Main Avenue and Washington Place in Passaic.

According to county officials, Adonis Reyes is charged with Aggravated Assault, Unlawful Possession of a Handgun, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, Possession of a Defaced Firearm, Causing or Risking Widespread Injury or Damage, Certain Persons Not to have Weapons, Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (“CDS”), Possession of CDS with Intent to Distribute and Possession of CDS with Intent to Distribute in a School Zone.

Officials said that additionally, Adonis Reyes is charged with the following charges in relation to his April 24 arrest: Aggravated Arson and Aggravated Assault. Mr. Reyes is also charged with Criminal Mischief, a Disorderly Persons Offense.

According to officials, on April 24, at approximately 1:53 a.m., members of the Passaic Police Department were dispatched to the area of Main Avenue and Washington Place in Passaic on a report of shots fired. 

Upon arrival, police located a potential crime scene, but no victims were found. 

Members of the Passaic City Police Department quickly located Adonis Reyes in the passenger seat of a nearby motor vehicle. He was identified as the person who had discharged a handgun. 

According to officials, Adonis Reyes was in possession of a defaced handgun and 265 glassine envelopes of suspected heroin when he was arrested. 

Officials stated that while Adonis Reyes was in the Passaic Police Department cellblock, he set a fire, which police officers extinguished. 

Adonis Reyes subsequently assaulted a Passaic Police Officer and Emergency Medical Technician who had responded to the fire to render aid.

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

The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office asks anyone with additional information about this incident to contact them on their tips line at 1-877-370-PCPO or or contact the Passaic Police Department at 973-365-3900.