Two people have been charged with attempted murder for shooting at an off-duty police officer from Harrison on Friday night in Paterson, the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office said on Monday afternoon.
Adonis Almonte, 21, of Bronx, New York, and Carmen Ortega, 21, of Paterson, were arrested during the weekend, authorities said. Almonte was arrested on Saturday and charged with first-degree attempted murder, second-degree possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose, and unlawful weapon possession while Ortega was arrested on Sunday and charged with the same offenses, authorities said.
Almonte and Ortega fired at an off-duty police officer from the Harrison Police Department on Oak and Madison streets at around 10:30 p.m. on Friday. A car with both man and woman inside crashed into a home in the corner of Oak and Madison streets. Almonte was injured in the crash and was found at the scene while Ortega fled, according to authorities.
The police officer did not sustain any injuries, authorities said. Almonte sustained non-life threatening injuries and was treated.
Almonte’s bail has been set at $150,000 cash and Ortega’s bail was set at $250,000 without 10-percent option. Both are held at the Passaic County Jail.
Both could face a maximum of 40 years in state prison for the attempted murder and two weapons charges, authorities said.