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Philadelphia Man Arrested for Christmas Eve Homicide in Trenton

Mercer County

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.