A fugitive wanted for shooting two men in Paterson four years ago was carrying a gun when city police captured him, authorities announced Monday.
Dariel Garcia, 24, had eluded law enforcement since detectives obtained a warrant for his arrest for shooting two mean – one 31, the other 35 – at the corner of East 21st Street and 18th Avenue on April 8, 2017, they said.
Both victims survived.
Meanwhile, a manhunt continued and prosecutors obtained an indictment charging Garcia with attempted murder and weapons offenses.
City police found him this weekend.
Officers were approaching a group that was blocking public passage near the corner of Market and Pennington Street in Paterson shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday noticed Garcia walking away holding his waistband, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Paterson Police Chief Ibrahim Baycora said in a joint statement.
Officers grabbed Garcia, who dropped a handgun as he was taken into custody, they said.
Garcia was booked and sent to the Passaic County Jail, where he remained held on several charges that include attempted murder, several weapons counts, resisting arrest and obstruction.
ALSO SEE: A Canadian fugitive accused of sexually assaulting children who was captured at Newark Airport after 17 years on the run was ordered held on kiddie porn charges Monday afternoon.
Click here to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.