Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson reported the indictment of two men charged in connection with the kidnapping and killing of a Camden woman.
A Grand Jury handed down a five-count indictment Wednesday, charging Carlos Alicea-Antonetti, M/37, and Ramon A. Ortiz, M/58, both of Camden, with Murder, Kidnapping, Robbery, and two counts of Felony Murder in the death of 41-year-old Fatima Perez.
It is alleged Alicea-Antonetti, an acquaintance of the victim, picked up Perez in his van on May 12, 2014, near her home on the 400 block of N. 41st Street in order to assist her with the purchase of a car. According to her family, Perez carried $8,000 in cash for the purchase.
While Perez was in the van, Alicea-Antonetti picked up Ortiz, an employee at Alicea-Antonetti’s landscaping business, Villa Coamo Landscaping and General Maintenance. According to the probable cause statement, the two men offered differing accounts of the sequence of events from there, but both admitted that Perez was left bound and blindfolded with duct tape lying in the back of the van. Duct tape was also used to cover her mouth.
The two men are accused of driving to a wooded area near Clayton Road in Monroe Township, Gloucester County, where Ortiz dug a hole. It is alleged the men placed Perez in the hole, covered her in quicklime, and buried her while she was still alive. Perez appears to have been buried sometime after dark on the night of May 12, 2014.
Perez was reported missing by her family at 4:26 p.m. on May 12, 2014. Camden County Police detectives learned that Perez was likely with Alicea-Antonetti and Ortiz, and worked to find these men over the next 24 hours. Sources led police to the Express Inn in Cherry Hill, where the two men were staying. Officers from the Camden County Police Department and Cherry Hill Police Department took both defendants into custody around 3 a.m. on May 14, 2014. Alicea-Antonetti had more than $5,700 in his possession when he was detained.
According to the probable cause statement, Ortiz led investigators to the location where he and Alicea-Antonetti had buried Perez. Crime scene detectives unearthed her remains around 11 a.m. on May 14, 2014. The two men were charged later that day.
Alicea-Antonetti and Ortiz remain in custody with bail set at $5 million each.
All persons charged with criminal offenses are innocent unless and until convicted in a court of law.
Released Wednesday, March 11, 2015.