City man killed during Tuesday home invasion


Police are looking for a suspect in the city’s second homicide in 24 hours and sixth on the year.

At 9:52 p.m. Tuesday, roughly 10 hours after James Austin was gunned down on East State Street, a man went to a home on the 200 block of Fulton Street and started banging on the door. The victim, Louis Bryan Alvarez, 25, of Trenton, answered the door and exchanged words with the man. The suspect tried to force his way into the home when the victim slammed the door and retreated further into the home. The suspect fired a single shot through the first floor window, striking the victim in the torso, Lt. Stephen Varn said.

Police arrived on scene to find Alvarez unresponsive. He was taken to the Capital Health Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 10:56 p.m. Several other individuals were inside the home at the time of the shooting, but none of them were injured, Varn said.

Det. Edgar Rios of the TPD and Det. Tony Abarno of the Mercer County Prosecutors Office are investigating the murder. Anyone with information regarding the homicide can call Rios at 609-989-4158, the confidential tipline at 609-989-3663 or Trenton Crime Stoppers at 609-278-8477.

Alternatively, tipsters who prefer to text a tip can text information to TCSTIPS to 274637.

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