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NJ man charged with attempted murder after shooting burglar

Omar Smadiya, 37, allegedly shot Christopher Manon-Velez, 19, after he allegedly broke into Smadiya’s vehicle / Photo via Patch

Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the arrest of Omar Smadiya, of Garfield, NJ on charges of Attempted Murder, Possession Of A Weapon For An Unlawful Purpose, and Possession Of A High Capacity Magazine; and Christopher Manon-Velez, of Passaic, NJ on a charge of Burglary To A Motor Vehicle.

On Tuesday, January 8, 2019, at approximately 3:26 a.m., the Garfield Police Department received information that a victim was shot in the area of 25 Farnham Avenue, Garfield, NJ. The victim, Christopher Manon-Velez, was found at a local restaurant and transported to an area hospital with a gunshot wound to the back. An investigation revealed that Manon-Velez had burglarized several vehicles in the area just prior to the shooting. Omar Smadiya, the owner of one of the vehicles, armed himself with a handgun and confronted Manon-Velez outside Smadiya’s vehicle. Manon-Velez fled, and Smadiya shot at him striking him once in the back. Manon-Velez was treated for internal injuries and is in stable condition at this time.

As a result of the investigation, Omar Smadiya was arrested on January 8, 2019, in Garfield, NJ.

Christopher Manon-Velez was arrested on January 8, 2019.

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