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Paterson, Clifton teens arrested in Totowa Avenue murder

By Jonathan Greene
Published: September 10, 2021


A teenager from Clifton and another from Paterson have been arrested in the “coordinated attack” that led to the killing of a Newark man on Totowa Avenue.

Ismael Leon, 19, of Paterson, and a 17-year-old, of Clifton, were arrested on Friday. Both were charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder, possession of a handgun for an unlawful purpose, and unlawful possession of a handgun.

Both teens were part of a conspiracy that involved two other teens – 19-year-old Chelsee Ramirez and a 17-year-old boy, both of Paterson — who were previously arrested.

Authorities said the four worked together to plan and murder 21-year-old Jose Figueroa of Newark on May 1 at around 7 p.m. on Totowa and Redwood Avenues.

Leon (pictured) is being held at the Passaic County Jail and the 17-year-old is being held at the Essex County Juvenile Detention Center.

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