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Police: Rookie Port Authority Officer Catches Rahway Murder Suspect

EricDelman Vega

EricDelman Vega, 36, was arrested Thursday, June 5, in a November 2013 shooting that killed Jorge Torres, 27, in Rahway, New Jersey. (Credit: Port Authority Police)

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JERSEY CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A rookie Port Authority police officer spotted and apprehended a suspect Thursday in a shooting that left a man dead outside a Rahway, New Jersey strip club last November, police said.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police Officer Michael Gerbasio was at the New Jersey toll plaza at the Holland Tunnel around 3:10 p.m., when he pulled over a 2012 white Toyota Camry for having shaded license plate covers, Port Authority police said.

He saw the suspect’s driver’s license, and recognized him as a murder suspect wanted in the Rahway incident, police said.

Union County prosecutors were set to apprehend the suspect, who was arrested without incident, police said. Police identified the suspect as EricDelman Vega, 36, and said he was wanted in a Nov. 10, 2013 shooting outside the Breathless Gentlemen’s Club on Hart Street in Rahway.

Vega and another man, Alexis Vazquez, 37, were both named as suspects in the shooting that killed Jorge Torres, 27, according to an NJ.com report.

Vega was in possession of $10,344, 15 Oxycodone pills, and an illegal knife, police said.

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