Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Special Agent in Charge Michael Ward of the FBI have announced that an arrest has been made in connection with the homicide of Joseph Rossi, Sr.
Rossi, 58, of Verona was shot and killed in his place of business in Bloomfield on February 24, 2012.
Earlier this morning, detectives from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Major Crimes Task Force and special agents of the FBI arrested Jose Luis Rivera, age 48, of Plainfield, NJ. Rivera has been charged with Murder, Conspiracy and Weapons charges. Rivera has been lodged in the Essex County Correctional Facility pending arraignment. Bail has been set at $1,000,000 by the Honorable Joseph C. Cassini of the NJ Superior Court.
The investigation of this homicide is continuing and is being jointly conducted by the FBI and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Task Force. The Essex County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the arrest of Rivera.