CLIFTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Two men arrested in the shooting death of a pizza deliveryman in Clifton, New Jersey, appeared in court Wednesday afternoon.
Andy DeJesus and Joel Nunez, both 18 of Garfield, pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and robbery, among others. Hours later, authorities announced a 16-year-old boy was also arrested in connection to the homicide.
The teen was being charged as a juvenile, according to investigators.
The Passaic County prosecutor’s office and Clifton police department said Tuesday investigators determined 27-year-old Dervy Almonte-Moore, of Elmwood Park, was making a delivery from Jumbo’s Pizza in Wallington to Paulison Avenue in Cilfton when he was shot around 2:15 a.m. on July 15.
Authorities said he was approached by multiple suspects, one armed with a handgun. He attempted to drive away but was shot and eventually crashed into a tree. He died later at the hospital.
The owner of Jumbo’s Pizza said Almonte-Moore was a native of the Dominican Republic who recently became a citizen and was putting himself through Bergen Community College in hopes of becoming a radiologist.
“He was always smiling, always in a good mood,” Faris Khatibi said. “He was one of the most honest people I’ve met all my life.
“He did not deserve to die. He was too young and just perfect, you know?”
Authorities said they did not believe the incidents were related.