Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson reported a man has been arrested for a 2002 city homicide.
Angel Pinto, M/41, of Westville, is charged with first-degree Murder in the death of John Rodriguez, Jr., M/23, of Camden.
Pinto is accused of fatally shooting Rodriguez at Chateau Bar & Packaged Goods on the 1700 block of River Road in Camden on August 30, 2002.
Police had responded to the bar around 10:15 p.m. for a report of a man shot inside and found Rodriguez lying on the floor between two pool tables. Rodriguez was taken to Cooper University Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 11:16 p.m.
During the course of the investigation, detectives obtained recorded statements from eyewitnesses who told police the shooting occurred when bouncers were trying to break up a fight between Rodriguez and another man. These statements aided detectives in identifying Pinto as the alleged shooter.
Pinto was apprehended at a business near 9th and Liberty streets in Camden around 9:30 a.m. Friday by members of the U.S. Marshals Service Regional Task Force. He is being held at the Camden County Jail and is scheduled to be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. on Monday before Superior Court Judge Edward J. McBride, Jr.
The investigation was conducted by Cold Case Squad detectives from the Camden County Police Department and Camden County Prosecutor’s Office. The probe utilized additional investigative resources from the U.S. Marshals Service.
“It’s justice that is long overdue and hopefully will provide some closure to surviving family members and loved ones,” said Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson.
Additionally, Pinto’s older brother, Ramon J. Pinto, Jr., M/43, of Cherry Hill, was charged Friday with first-degree Witness Tampering.
Ramon Pinto is accused of calling and threatening a potential witness on February 20, 2015. He was arrested Friday afternoon at his Willis Avenue home and is being held at the Camden County Jail on $250,000 bail.
“The key to solving homicides is brave witnesses,” said Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo. “When a witness is threatened, we will vigorously prosecute those responsible. Tampering with a witness in a homicide case is punishable by up to 20 years in state prison.”
All persons charged with criminal offenses are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law.
Released Friday, February 27, 2015.