Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office

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                              *News Release*                 Date: March 11, 2014

 
 

       

 

 

 

 

 

Perth Amboy man pleads guilty to hindering homicide investigation

 

          Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey announced that a Perth Amboy man pleaded guilty today to two counts of hindering police in their investigation into the fatal shooting of a Keyport man and the wounding of the victim’s sister.

 

Angel Diaz (DOB 8/29/91) admitted the counts during a hearing in New Brunswick, saying he lied to police during the investigation into the death on August 18, 2009 of Angel Vasquez, 29, of Keyport and the wounding of Lourdes Diaz, 43.

 

Under a plea agreement reached with Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Thomas K. Mannion, Diaz will be sentenced to a prison term of eight years.

 

He is scheduled to be sentenced in New Brunswick by Superior Court Judge Alberto Rivas on May 12, 2014.

 

Diaz pleaded guilty to the hindering charges after his father, 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. Judge Rivas may impose a prison term of up to 50 years when Torres is sentenced on April 9, 2014.

 

During the trial, Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Mannion presented evidence and testimony showing Torres was involved in the fatal shooting, which occurred in the Fords section of Woodbridge.

 

Torres, Diaz and a co-defendant, Axcel Diaz (DOB 8/20/91) of Woodbridge, were arrested and charged when the 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.

 

Angel Diaz and Axcel Diaz solicited help from Torres and went to Vasquez’s home in Fords to confront him about the fistfight.

 

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 previously pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing.

 

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.