Newark 15-year-old arrested for murder of Carlos Leiva-Oviedo

Carlos Leiva-Oviedo

Carlos Leiva-Oviedo

The public helped identify a suspect wanted for murder, prosecutors announced Friday.

A 15-year-old from Newark was arrested Thursday night for the stabbing death of 27-year-old Carlos Leiva-Oviedo last month.

The last two weeks, the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office released a still image and video of two men wanted in connection with the murder. Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri said Friday in a statement that the duo was identified by the public.

“This is a case that would not have been solved without all of the pieces: methodical, perseverant police work, help from the media, and the public doing their part by contacting the authorities with information,” Onofri said. “When we work together, justice is served.”

At approximately 3 a.m. on 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.

Police arrested the 15-year-old, whose name is being withheld because he is a juvenile, Thursday night at a relative’s house in Newark by members of the Mercer County Homicide Task Force, prosecutors said. He is charged with murder, felony murder, robbery, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a weapon. The juvenile was sent to the Middlesex County Youth Detention Center.

the investigation was led by Detective Roberto Reyes and the Mercer County Homicide Task Force.

Leiva-Oviedo, a Honduran, moved to Trenton about two years ago to earn money for his family, most of whom still live in Honduras. Leiva-Oviedo, who became the city’s eleventh murder victim, 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 previously said.

“He called his daughter every week,” his girlfriend Lesvia Liliana Caballero previously told The Trentonian. “He was a very responsible person. He worked a lot and he paid for his daughter’s life. He sent her money every week.”

The Mercer County Narcotics Task Force, the Newark Police Department and the Essex County Homicide Task Force assisted in the arrest, Onofri said.

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