Police seek two men in connection with stabbing death of Trenton man
Authorities are searching for two men they say are connected to the murder of a Honduran man who was stabbed to death this month.
The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office released a grainy photo Wednesday of two men walking near the area where 27-year-old Carlos Leiva-Oviedo was stabbed to death in the early-morning hours of June 14.
Police responded to the intersection of Hudson and Genesee streets and found Leiva-Oviedo sprawled out on the in the street near his car, which was parked on Hudson. He suffered multiple stab wounds and was taken by ambulance to a hospital where he died four hours later.
Authorities did not elaborate about whether the two men are considered suspects or persons of interest. No arrests have been made and no one has been charged with the slaying of Oviedo, who became the 11th murder victim of the year.
The men, both slim, appear with each other on the sidewalk. Authorities did not reveal where the surveillance still was taken.
One of the men has a medium complexion, dark bushy hair and scraggly facial hair. He wore a blue and black jacket, camouflage pants and appeared to be wear gloves or had his hands tucked into the jacket.
The second male, possibly white or Hispanic, wore a gray sweatshirt, sleeves rolled up at the elbows, dark shorts and a bandana on his head. He appeared to carry something in his right arm.
It is unclear how the men are connected to the death of Leiva-Oviedo, who moved to Trenton about two years ago to earn money for his family, most of whom still live in Honduras. Leiva-Oviedo worked as a roofer and installed aluminum siding.
He left behind a 4-year-old daughter, whom he sent money to in Honduras, his friends said.
“He called his daughter every week,” his girlfriend Lesvia Liliana Caballero said. “He was a very responsible person. He worked a lot and he paid for his daughter’s life. He sent her money every week.”
Councilman George Muschal, who represents the South Ward, said after the stabbing that he didn’t expect the tide of violence to stem in the summer months.
“It’s going to be a hot summer, and it’s going to be a long summer,” he said.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Mercer County Homicide Task Force at 609-989-6406, the Trenton police confidential tip line at 609-989-3663 or Detective Roberto Reyes at 609-256-0997. The Trenton Crime Stoppers tip line is 609-278-8477 or text a tips labeled TCSTIPS can be sent to Trenton Crime Stoppers at 274637.