Emmanuel Cruz | Homicide Watch Trentonhttp://trenton.homicidewatch.org/suspects/emmanuel-cruz/Latest news about Emmanuel Cruzen-usThu, 26 Dec 2019 19:15:18 -0500Hamilton man gets 16 years for Chambersburg slayinghttp://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2019/12/26/hamilton-man-gets-16-years-for-chambersburg-slaying/<p>The triggerman who shot and killed Emilio Lopez during a 2012 robbery in Trenton’s Chambersburg neighborhood has been sentenced to 16 years of incarceration.</p> <a href="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/12/image001.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-5117" src="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/12/image001-240x300.jpg" alt="Emmanuel Cruz" width="240" height="300" srcset="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/12/image001-240x300.jpg 240w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/12/image001.jpg 480w" sizes="(max-width: 240px) 100vw, 240px" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Emmanuel Cruz</p> <p>Emmanuel Cruz, 32, of Hamilton, is currently booked at the Central Reception and Assignment Facility in Ewing Township and must serve 85 percent of the sentence behind bars before being eligible for parole, records show.</p> <p>Cruz pleaded guilty to first-degree aggravated manslaughter last month, admitting he fatally shot the 34-year-old victim near the intersection of Kent and Division streets on Nov. 16, 2012.</p> <p>Cruz was the fourth and final defendant arrested in the case. He took responsibility for the homicide, while the original three co-defendants pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery. <span id="more-7060"></span></p> <p>Kenneth C. Rivera, 26, of Trenton; Jose Rivera, 26, of Trenton; and Roberto Cruz, 38, of Trenton, are scheduled to be sentenced next month for their roles in the violent crime against Lopez. The self-confessed robbers are cousins, and all of them identified Emmanuel Cruz as the triggerman.</p> <a href="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2019/12/kenneth_rivera_jose_rivera_roberto_cruz.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-7061" src="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2019/12/kenneth_rivera_jose_rivera_roberto_cruz.jpg" alt="(From left) Kenneth Rivera, Jose Rivera and Roberto Cruz" width="367" height="151" srcset="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2019/12/kenneth_rivera_jose_rivera_roberto_cruz.jpg 367w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2019/12/kenneth_rivera_jose_rivera_roberto_cruz-300x123.jpg 300w" sizes="(max-width: 367px) 100vw, 367px" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">(From left) Kenneth Rivera, Jose Rivera and Roberto Cruz</p> <p>Surveillance video of the slaying showed Lopez walking down the street and getting shot while four robbers surrounded him, according to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office. Lopez was rushed to Capital Health Regional Medical Center, where he ultimately died from his fatal wounds.</p> <p>Within 48 hours of the slaying, police arrested Kenneth Rivera, Jose Rivera and Roberto Cruz, charging the trio with murder. Authorities four years later arrested Emmanuel Cruz on murder charges after the three original co-defendants became state cooperating witnesses.</p> <p>One of the robbers, Roberto Cruz, is Emmanuel Cruz’s brother.</p> <p>An indictment handed up in April 2017 charged Emmanuel Cruz with first-degree murder, first-degree murder during the commission of a crime, first-degree armed robbery, second-degree unlawful possession of a handgun without a permit to carry, second-degree possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose and second-degree certain persons not to have a weapon due to a prior conviction.</p> <p>Emmanuel Cruz pleaded guilty to an amended count of aggravated manslaughter Nov. 4, and Superior Court Judge Darlene Pereksta sentenced him to 16 years of state incarceration on Dec. 13. He will be subjected to five years of parole supervision upon release, according to the judgment of conviction.</p> <p>In accordance with the negotiated plea agreement, Pereksta dismissed the remaining counts in the indictment against Emmanuel Cruz. She further ordered him to pay more than $5,000 in restitution to the Victims of Crime Compensation Office and gave him 30 days to file a motion of opposition if he objects to the amount imposed.</p> <p>Emmanuel Cruz received 1,089 days of jail credit for being in custody from Dec. 19, 2016, to Dec. 12, 2019, on $1 million cash bail, records show.</p> <a href="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2019/12/emmanuel_cruz_DOC.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-7062" src="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2019/12/emmanuel_cruz_DOC-238x300.jpg" alt="Emmanuel Cruz ( New Jersey Department of Corrections Photo)" width="238" height="300" srcset="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2019/12/emmanuel_cruz_DOC-238x300.jpg 238w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2019/12/emmanuel_cruz_DOC.jpg 277w" sizes="(max-width: 238px) 100vw, 238px" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Emmanuel Cruz ( New Jersey Department of Corrections Photo)</p> <p>Cruz previously pleaded guilty in 2012 to fourth-degree aggravated assault with a firearm and was sentenced to 18 months in jail. He also has one prior municipal court conviction and one outstanding bench warrant in Trenton, according to public records.</p> <p>Defense attorney David P. Schroth represented Emmanuel Cruz at the Dec. 13 sentencing hearing. Mercer County Assistant Prosecutor Michael Grillo handled the case.</p> <p>Emmanuel Cruz is scheduled to be released from state prison on July 25, 2030, according to the New Jersey Department of Corrections.</p> Sulaiman Abdur-RahmanThu, 26 Dec 2019 19:15:18 -0500http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2019/12/26/hamilton-man-gets-16-years-for-chambersburg-slaying/Emilio LopezEmmanuel CruzRoberto CruzJose RiveraKenneth RiveraAlleged gunman in fatal Chambersburg robbery gets post-indictment hearinghttp://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2017/05/02/alleged-gunman-in-fatal-chambersburg-robbery-gets-post-indictment-hearing/<p>The alleged gunman who shot and killed Emilio Lopez during a 2012 robbery in Trenton’s Chambersburg neighborhood is gearing up for a post-indictment arraignment.</p> <p>Emmanuel Cruz, 29, of Hamilton, is scheduled to appear in court 9 a.m. next Monday before Mercer County Superior Court Judge Darlene Pereksta. A grand jury indicted him last month on six counts, including murder, robbery and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose on allegations he fatally gunned down Lopez on the night of Nov. 16, 2012, near the intersection of Kent and Division streets. <span id="more-5503"></span></p> <a href="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/12/image001.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-5117" src="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/12/image001-240x300.jpg" alt="Emmanuel Cruz" width="240" height="300" srcset="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/12/image001-240x300.jpg 240w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/12/image001.jpg 480w" sizes="(max-width: 240px) 100vw, 240px" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Emmanuel Cruz</p> <p>Surveillance video of the slaying showed Lopez, 34, walking down the street and getting shot while four robbers surrounded him, according to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office. Lopez was rushed to Capital Health Regional Medical Center but died from his mortal wounds.</p> <p>While Cruz maintains his innocence, three other defendants in the case — a trio of cousins who got arrested less than 48 hours after the murder — have all pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery and are accusing Cruz of being the killer.</p> <p>Jose Rivera, 24, of Trenton, pleaded guilty on Oct. 7, 2016; Roberto Cruz, 36, of Trenton, pleaded guilty on Nov. 16, 2016; and Kenneth C. Rivera, 24, of Trenton, pleaded guilty March 13. All three self-confessed robbers are cooperating witnesses in Emmanuel Cruz’s murder case, which appears to be heading to trial.</p> <p>Police arrested Emmanuel Cruz last December in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, more than four years after the grisly robbery-turned-murder. He is Roberto Cruz’s brother and is being held on $500,000 cash bail.</p> <p>Roberto Cruz was set to get hammered with a prison sentence last Friday, but the hearing has been postponed to July 28 while Jose Rivera and Kenneth Rivera are scheduled to be sentenced next month for their roles in robbing Emilio Lopez on the night he was shot and killed.</p> <p>However, there is a good chance the three self-confessed robbers will not be sentenced until after Emmanuel Cruz’s murder case is resolved with an acquittal, conviction, plea deal or dismissal of all charges, because the three of them have all chosen to become cooperating witnesses in the murder case.</p> <p>Emmanuel Cruz in 2012 pleaded guilty to fourth-degree aggravated assault with a firearm and was sentenced to 18 months behind bars. Court records show he is currently being represented by defense attorney David Schroth.</p> <p>Mercer County Assistant Prosecutor James Scott is handling the murder case on behalf of the state.</p> Sulaiman Abdur-RahmanTue, 02 May 2017 20:09:31 -0400http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2017/05/02/alleged-gunman-in-fatal-chambersburg-robbery-gets-post-indictment-hearing/Emilio LopezEmmanuel CruzRoberto CruzJose RiveraKenneth RiveraProsecutors: Video shows shooting death of Chambersburg murder victimhttp://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2016/12/27/prosecutors-video-shows-shooting-death-of-chambersburg-murder-victim/<img class="size-full" src="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/12/image001.jpg" alt="Emmanuel Cruz " width="480" height="600" /><p class="wp-caption-text">Emmanuel Cruz</p> <p>Recently arrested murder suspect Emmanuel Cruz killed Emilio Lopez in cold blood during a 2012 city robbery and the whole shebang was recorded on surveillance footage, authorities alleged. <span id="more-5115"></span></p> <p>Mercer County Assistant Prosecutor Michelle Gasparian at a bail hearing Tuesday said the state has identified three cooperating witnesses who have all fingered 29-year-old Cruz as the alleged gunman who had shot and killed Lopez four years ago in Trenton.</p> <p>Lopez, 34, was slain Nov. 16, 2012, in the 100 block of Kent Street in the city’s Chambersburg neighborhood.</p> <p>Gasparian said four individuals, including Cruz, were “looking to rob individuals on the street” on the night of the murder. She said the entire incident was caught on video of Lopez walking down the street before being surrounded by the suspects and shot and killed.</p> <p>The surveillance video corroborates the cooperating witness accounts, Gasparian said.</p> <p>Members of the U.S. Marshals Service <a href="http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2016/12/20/alleged-shooter-arrested-for-2012-homicide/">arrested Cruz on Dec. 19</a> in Falls Township, Pa. He has been charged with murder, robbery and related weapons offenses in connection with Lopez’s death.</p> <p>Three other men, whom are all cousins, were previously arrested in connection with Lopez’s death within a week of the murder. Those three defendants have been identified as Roberto Cruz, Jose Rivera and Kenneth Rivera; they remain in jail awaiting trial on murder charges. Emmanuel Cruz is Roberto Cruz’s brother.</p> <p>Considering the evidence in the case and the fact that Cruz has previously served 18 months behind bars on a 2012 felony conviction, Gasparian successfully argued for Judge Thomas M. Brown to maintain Cruz’s bail at $1 million cash or bond Tuesday.</p> <p>Cruz’s public defender Aletha Sheppard unsuccessfully argued for the bail to be reduced to $250,000. She called the million-dollar bail “extremely excessive” and said Cruz “has substantial ties to the community,” adding Cruz has a fiancée and a 9-year-old daughter.</p> <p>Brown said he was keeping Cruz’s bail at $1 million cash or bond due to the strength of the case.</p> Sulaiman Abdur-RahmanTue, 27 Dec 2016 15:47:38 -0500http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2016/12/27/prosecutors-video-shows-shooting-death-of-chambersburg-murder-victim/Emilio LopezEmmanuel CruzRoberto CruzJose RiveraKenneth RiveraAlleged shooter arrested for 2012 homicidehttp://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2016/12/20/alleged-shooter-arrested-for-2012-homicide/<a href="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2013/08/East-State-St-Homicides-2.jpg"><img src="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2013/08/East-State-St-Homicides-2-500x353.jpg" alt="File photo - Evidence markers litter a crime scene." width="500" height="353" class="size-large wp-image-1067" srcset="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2013/08/East-State-St-Homicides-2-500x353.jpg 500w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2013/08/East-State-St-Homicides-2-300x211.jpg 300w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2013/08/East-State-St-Homicides-2-800x565.jpg 800w" sizes="(max-width: 500px) 100vw, 500px" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">File photo - Evidence markers litter a crime scene.</p> <p>A fourth person has been arrested in connection with the 2012 death of Emilio Lopez. <span id="more-5085"></span></p> <p>Emmanuel Cruz, 29, was arrested in Falls Township, Pa., Monday night by members of the U.S. Marshals Service. He is charged with murder, robbery and related weapons offenses in connection with Lopez’s death.</p> <p>Three other men, whom are all cousins, were previously arrested in connection with Lopez’s death. Officials say investigators developed new information indicating Cruz was the shooter. Charges against him were signed yesterday, and police apprehended Cruz inside a Falls Township apartment later that night. </p> <p>Lopez, 34, was killed November 16, 2012, in the 100 block of Kent Street in Trenton. Witnesses reported Lopez was shot at point-blank range when a van pulled up alongside him. </p> <p>A trio of cousins &mdash; Roberto Cruz, Jose Rivera and Kenneth Rivera &mdash; were arrested and charged with murder within a week of Lopez’s death; they remain in jail awaiting trial. Emmanuel Cruz is Roberto Cruz's brother. </p> <p>Prosecutors say video footage shows Lopez crossing near Kent Street when he is approached by several suspects from different angles. They boxed him in, prosecutors say, and one of them shot Lopez in the back. </p> <p>Cruz’s bail was set at $1 million.</p> Penny RayTue, 20 Dec 2016 14:05:22 -0500http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2016/12/20/alleged-shooter-arrested-for-2012-homicide/Emilio LopezEmmanuel CruzRoberto CruzJose RiveraKenneth Rivera