Release* Date: February 25, 2014
County Prosecutor’s Office
*News Release* Date: February 25, 2014
Perth Amboy man convicted in fatal shooting
Angel T. Torres, also known as Angel Ramos (DOB 8/1/73) of Perth Amboy, was convicted on February 24, 2014 in New Brunswick of reckless manslaughter, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Torres was found guilty following a four-week trial before Superior Court Judge Alberto Rivas.
The judge may impose a prison term of up to 45 years when Torres is sentenced on April 9, 2014.
During the trial, Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Thomas K. Mannion presented evidence and testimony showing Torres was involved in the fatal shooting of Angel Vasquez, 29, of Keyport and wounding the victim’s sister, Lourdes Diaz, 43, on August 18, 2009.
Torres, his son, Angel Diaz, (DOB 8/29/91) of Perth Amboy and a co-defendant, Axcel Diaz (DOB 8/20/91) of Woodbridge, were arrested and charged when an investigation determined that they sought revenge after Angel Diaz and Axcel Diaz were involved in a fistfight with Luis Vasquez, 28, and a group of unidentified companions.
Diaz and Axcel Diaz solicited help from Torres and went to Vasquez’s home in
the Fords section of
At some point, shots were fired through the door of the residence, striking Angel Vasquez and Lourdes Diaz. Luis Vasquez was not injured.
Axcel Diaz has pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing, while Angel Diaz is awaiting trial.
As is the case with all criminal defendants, Angel Diaz is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Angel Diaz and Axcel Diaz were just shy of their 18th birthdays when the crimes were committed, and were charged as juveniles until a three-year effort by the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office to try them as adults was upheld by the state Supreme Court in September 2012.