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Authorities make arrest in fatal shooting of Paterson grocery store owner

By Jonathan Greene
Published: March 21, 2016

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A 49-year-old city man has been charged with the shooting death of an Ellison Street grocery store owner, according to Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes.

Harold Johnson, 49-year-old, is charged with felony murder in the shooting death of Jose Tavarez, 64-year-old, owner of Ellison Mini Market.

Johnson is also charged with robbery, weapons offenses, authorities said. Johnson allegedly shot and killed Tavarez during a robbery attempt on February 12, 2016 at the convenience store.

Authorities said Johnson could face as much as 30 years to life in prison for felony murder and 10 years in state prison for the weapons offenses.

Johnson is being held in Passaic County Jail. His bail is set at $1 million with no 10% option, authorities said.


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