The Union County Prosecutor’s Office
32 Rahway Avenue Elizabeth, NJ 07202
Theodore J. Romankow
For Immediate Release
October 17, 2011
Latin King Member Arrested and Charged with Elizabeth Homicide
Last week the Union County Homicide Task Force arrested a Elizabeth resident and member of the Latin Kings street gang and charged him with the shooting death of a 16-year-old earlier this summer, announced Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow.
Ruben Vega (DOB 7-23-1989 )is charged in the murder of Juan Carlos Montijo, age 16, which occurred at 861 Laurita St, Linden, on July 25, 2011 at 8:39 pm, said Romankow. Montijo was a confirmed member of the Crips street gang.
A second defendant, Jonathan Arrango, was previously charged with the murder on August 8, 2011. A third suspect, Elizabeth resident Juan Ayala, 20, committed suicide on July 29, 2011, four days after the murder of Montijo, said Romankow. Ayala was a confirmed member of the Latin Kings.
Assistant Prosecutor Caroline Lawlor approved complaints for murder and weapons charges against Vega.
Vega’s bail was set at $1million and he is being lodged in the Union County Jail.
These criminal charges are mere accusations. The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.