By: Najla Alexander
A Philadelphia man was arrested on Christmas Eve for fatally shooting a man in Trenton, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported.
According to Mercer County authorities, Mr. Fausto Adalberto-Rodriguez, 45, is charged with murder, aggravated assault, and weapons offenses.
Authorities say he was taken into custody shortly after the shooting in Trenton.
Officials say the prosecutor’s office will file a motion to detain Adalberto-Rodriguez's trial.
The charges result from an investigation by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Trenton Police Department officials reported.
Authorities say ant approximately 7:20 p.m. on Saturday, December 24, Trenton police responded to an apartment in the 200 block of Walnut Avenue on a report of a man shot.
Responding officers arrived on the scene to discover the victim inside the second-floor apartment suffering a headshot wound.
According to officials, the victim, identified as Junior Rodriguez, 40, was transported to the hospital and pronounced dead a short time later.
The investigation revealed Adalberto-Rodriguez showed up at the apartment on Walnut Avenue around 7 p.m. looking to speak to his ex-girlfriend, authorities reported.
He located her and the victim in the apartment, and an altercation ensued.
Officials said Adalberto-Rodriguez hit the woman in the head with a handgun, then shot Rodriguez and fled the scene in his vehicle.
The victim and suspect aren’t related officials said.
Despite being charged, every defendant is presumed innocent until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.