Two New Jersey men are facing murder charges after police say they kidnapped a 41-year-old mother of two and buried her alive.
Carlos Alicea-Antonetti, 36, of Camden, N.J., and Ramon Ortiz, 57, of Pennsauken, N.J., each are charged with murder in the death of Fatima Perez, of Camden, who went missing from her home Monday and was found buried in a Monroe Township, N.J., field Wednesday morning, NJ.com reports.
Police said Alicea-Antonetti, Perez's landscaper, offered to drive her to buy a new car, the Associated Press reports. From the AP:
Investigators said Alicea-Antonetti, the owner of Villa Coamo Landscaping and General Maintenance, picked up Perez on Monday in his van to drive her to buy the car. She carried $8,000 for the purchase, according to her family. According to a probable cause statement, Alicea-Antonetti told police he argued with Perez and she fell out of his van. He said despite being injured, Perez got back into the vehicle and was lying in the back when he stopped to pick up Ortiz. Court papers said Alicea-Antonetti told detectives he and Ortiz bound and blindfolded Perez before driving to a wooded location where they dug a hole and dumped the woman in it, then poured lime over her and attempted to conceal the ditch by covering it with branches and debris. The suspects told police that Perez was still alive when they left her.
The Camden Courier-Post reports Ortiz told investigators that Perez already was bound and gagged when he got into Alicea-Antonetti's van. Alicea-Antonetti allegedly had $7,000 in his possession when he was taken into custody, the Courier-Post reports.
In an autopsy, medical examiner Dr. Charles Siebert ruled the cause of death was asphyxiation, according to NJ.com.
From the New York Daily News: "It was horrible, absolutely horrible," Camden County Prosecutor Warren Faulk said of the killing. "For a woman of her character and stature to have died in this manner is horrible and very traumatic to her family."
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