Police Release Surveillance Images In Newark Grocery Store Owner Killing

NEWARK, NJ (CBSNewYork) — Police are investigating the killing a grocery store owner in Newark and seeking to apprehend two male suspects wanted in the victim’s killing.

The incident happened inside the JNC mini mart on 14th Street around 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The owner, 37-year-old Miguel Torres, handed over the cash but was then shot several times. He was pronounced dead at University Hospital.

“Appeared to become inpatient at the speed the store owner would hand over cash and shot and killed Mr. Torres,” said Carolyn Murray, Essex County Prosecutor.

“He’s a good man, good people. He work too much in the store,” Yoje Rodriguez, Torres’ brother-in-law, told CBS 2’s Christine Sloan.

Investigators were back in the store today looking for more clues. Police say torres bought the store six months ago. He leaves behind a wife and two children.

“For him to be gunned down in this matter is very troubling to the Newark Police Department,” said Sam Demaio, Newark Police Director.

“He was a respectable guy really generous really kind,” said neighbor Rahkeem Zarif. “I know something has to be done increasing police presence doesn’t have an affect on any of the violence. These guys have no conscience they don’t care about going to prison to jail.”

Police hope surveillance video will help lead them to the killers.  Wednesday afternoon, authorities released a series of surveillance images, hoping that members of the public would be able to identify the suspects.

The gunman’s face is covered with a hood but you can clearly see the other suspect, standing outside in front of the store, acting as a lookout.

Prosecutors say under New Jersey law, the suspect who acted as a look out also faces homicide charges.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office tips hotline at 1-877-847-7432.

Please leave a comment below…

  • Concerned

    These are probally the two Thieves that are destroying 2 innocent mens lives in middlesex county , that are being accused of an armed robbery in dec . and the description is EXACTLY the same to the T” and the 2 locked up are recent high school grads and working and looking at colleges and never arrested before…I hope there is something that this will help the wrongfully accused when they get these two….

  • hmmm?

    anyone see the movie Juice?

  • injun


  • Bullett

    I think the person in the left picture is a female.

  • Glenn Erdmann

    Three criminals to rob a grocery store? How much were they expecting to get and then divide it by three. All three will be caught and then their families will swear how good they are. PLEASE.

  • Ariel Brito

    In paterson there is a store thats been robbed at gunpoint twice since new years. They injuered the 50 year old owner very bad and there’s still no surveillance in that area. Who knows what might happen next time.

    • tony

      i hope they catch these mf.. animals… why can they just get a job?

  • Ariel Brito

    They still take 25 minutes to get to the scene.

  • mikescherer

    put more police on the streets. maybe we can go to sleep with a peace of mind. With out police protection we can’t excess.

  • Charles F. Bolden Jr

    Post pictures of Charles F. Bolden, Jr. everywhere. He was appointed by Obama himself to be the new NASA Administrator. Thse kids should be looking up to Mr. Bolden, as a shining exemplar.

    • non sequitur

      No government apparachik is a “shining exemplar”, but you do have a good vocab.

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