Stopped in NJ for not wearing seat belt, arrested on double-murder charge
EAST BRUNSWICK — An officer who pulled over a box truck after seeing two men not wearing seat belts ended up collaring a man wanted on a double-homicide charge in Puerto Rico.
Jose Jimenez-Castro, 28, and Jose Sanchez-Texidor, 32, both of South Bound Brook, were stopped just before 9 a.m. near Tices Lane. Patrolman Reginald Wright reported smelling marijuana coming from the car and found Jimenez-Castro with under 50 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Sanchez-Texidor was also found to have marijuana, police said.
Police said Sanchez-Texidor gave police a false name at the time he was arrested. They later found out that he had an outstanding warrant out of Puerto Rico for the 2006 slayings.
According to Puerto Rican police, Sanchex-Texidor, also known as "Joseliot," was charged with the murder of Efrén Lamberty Santaliz and Rickmar Ruiz Toro while collecting an $800 debt for an illegal gun sale.
Jimenez-Castro was charged with possession of marijuana under 50 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia and was released on his own recognizance.
Sanchez-Texidor was charged with possession of marijuana under 50 grams, hindering apprehension, and being a fugitive of justice. He was taken to the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Facility.
New Jersey 101.5 did not know Wednesday whether either had an attorney who could speak on their behalf.
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