NEWARK, N.J. — A Peruvian national in the U.S. illegally and who was previously charged with raping a 5-year-old girl pleaded not guilty Friday in the execution-style slayings of three young college students, a day after he surrendered to the Newark mayor.
Jose Carranza, 28, aka Jose La Chira, entered his plea before Essex County Superior Court Judge Michael Casale. A second suspect, a 15-year-old boy, has been held pending a detention hearing, and authorities said more arrests were “imminent.”
Carranza, of Peru, was being held on $1 million bail. He turned himself in to Newark Mayor Cory Booker after his fingerprints were lifted from a bottle in connection with the shootings of four college students on Saturday. Three were killed but a fourth survived and was hospitalized after the shootings in a Newark schoolyard.
FOX News has learned Carranza, who has a fake Social Security number, had been arrested on charges of raping a 5-year-old girl and then threatening the child and her parents. In that case he faced a 31-count indictment.
In another, he was arrested on assault charges stemming from a bar fight.
Immigration officials apparently were aware of Carranza’s illegal status since his prior arrests, according to Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura.
Relatives of the victims embraced each other as they entered to watch the hearing.
Carranza’s attorney, Felix Montalvo, called Booker on Thursday to arrange his surrender.
“He said, ‘Mr. Mayor, we’d like him to be turned in directly to you,’” Booker said Montalvo, who also is a close friend, told him.
On Wednesday night, police arrested the 15-year-old boy who along with Carranza is accused of murder, attempted murder, robbery, weapons offenses and conspiracy to commit the crime of robbery, Essex County Prosecutor Paula Dow said. Authorities were seeking to have the minor tried as an adult.
Dow said she doesn’t believe there is any familial relationship between the two in custody.
When are we going to say enough is enough. Will this guy get Justice or will the Mexican government step in again? Why don’t we charge Mexico for the cost of incarcerating all their citizens here illegally? Where is the fence? why was he allowed to walk around free after being charged with raping a 5 y/o girl, nowing he was here illegally? How many more storiews like this do we have to leanr about before we the people force the government to do their job and secure our borders and deport those found here illegally; especially when arrested? It is time to harass your elected cockroaches again.
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