TRENTON – Accused killer Gabriel Vilorio-Jaquez believed his owner had fathered a child with his resident girlfriend, court records show.
This may explain why he allegedly shot Everth Barrera, 56, on the morning of October 29, in the first block of Cleveland Avenue.
A probable cause affidavit, however, says nothing about what may have motivated the murder of a second man, Edwin Obdulio Gomez Interiano, 41, who worked for Barrera.
Mercer County prosecutors are seeking to extradite Vilorio-Jaquez, 33, from Arizona, where he remains locked in a Pima County jail.
A spokeswoman for Mercer County District Attorney Angelo Onofri said the alleged killer has challenged the extradition to New Jersey, where a judge will decide if he remains locked up while the case is pending.
The injured victims were found near a hangar, after a witness heard men arguing before four shots rang out, according to records.
Paramedics tried unsuccessfully to revive Barrera, and the two were pronounced dead in hospital, within 24 minutes of each other.
Investigators relied on Ring Camera footage that captured the accused killer’s getaway vehicle, a red Toyota Corolla – later found parked behind a locked door at the back of Vilorio-Jaquez’s home – as well as interviews with witnesses, including Vilorio-Jaquez’s living lover, and the intoxicating work of detectives from the city’s real-time crime center to press charges against Vilorio-Jaquez, records show.
Vilorio-Jaquez’s girlfriend Suyapa Perez has not been charged with a crime despite investigators claiming she repeatedly lied and changed her story regarding her boyfriend’s whereabouts on the day of the murder, according to the records.
Detectives at the city’s Real-Time Crime Center saw a red Toyota Corolla exit the murder scene and turn left onto Walnut Avenue at around 9:29 a.m.
A license search showed that the car was registered in Vilorio-Jaquez.
Perez said she and her living boyfriend also owned a silver Honda Odyssey minivan. And she provided another key piece of information about Vilorio-Perez who was wearing on the day of the murder – a black shirt, gray pants and black sneakers – that matched the alleged killer at the scene, records show.
Perez told detectives she hadn’t heard from Vilorio-Jaquez since dropping him off at a Trenton hair salon on Hamilton Avenue around 1 p.m. on October 29.
Investigators then tracked down the suspected murderer in Arizona, where he was taken into custody on two counts of murder and gun-related offenses, including as a felon in possession of a gun.
The couple and their two children were living with boyfriend Vilorio-Jaquez in a Cleveland Avenue apartment owned by Barrera.
Perez and other witnesses told investigators Vilorio-Jaquez confronted Barrera over allegations that he was the father of Perez’s daughter.
She denied being intimate with Barrera and claimed that her ex-husband, whose paternity tests would show he was the father of her two children, fabricated the rumors to avoid paying child support, according to the ‘affidavit.
The ex-husband was convinced they had slept together when owner Barrera allowed Perez to continue living in the apartment they once had after telling Barrera they were separating and moving out, according to the records.
Perez told cops her allegedly salty ex-husband passed the rumors on to her new beau, Vilorio-Jaquez.
One of Barrera’s family members told detectives he asked for help printing screenshots of threatening text messages Vilorio-Jaquez allegedly sent to the victim before the murder.
The witness noted the threatening tenant’s phone number, which matched the one the accused killer’s girlfriend later provided to police.
The victim’s child, identified only by the initials JBL, told detectives Barrera was involved in an argument with a skinny Dominican man in his 30s who drove a gray van and lived in a house on the Cleveland Avenue properties – a description corresponding to Vilorio-Jaquez.
Barrera’s child went on to tell detectives that Barrera attempted to file a report with Trenton Police after Vilorio-Jaquez threatened to kill him. The witness recorded the alleged confrontation, according to records.
It turned out that Barrera left the station before making the report, according to the affidavit.
Barrera’s child was shown a photo of Jaquez and confirmed to be the man who was fighting Barrera.
In an initial interview, Perez claimed that she was with Vilorio-Jaquez all morning.
She claimed they drove the silver Honda Odyssey to drop her son off at PJ Hill Elementary School around 8:30 a.m.
Investigators said Perez contradicted himself in a second interview, saying Vilorio-Jaquez took his son in the red Toyota Corolla, which was confirmed by surveillance footage.
She claimed the couple and their daughter went to the Columbus flea market, where they reportedly went to buy a car part, then had breakfast before dropping Vilorio-Jaquez off at the barber shop around 1 p.m.
Perez told detectives Barrera was trying to evict the family because he didn’t like Dominicans, according to records. She identified Vilorio-Jaquez as the man in a still shot on Cleveland Avenue.