Alleged perpetrator of kidnapping-slaying of Rosimar Rodríguez in jail

By The Star Staff

Acting Justice Secretary Inés del C. Carrau Martínez and the District Attorney Melissa Vázquez Sandoval of the Bayamón Prosecutor’s Office announced Thursday that charges were filed against Jay O’Neill González Mercado for the kidnapping and murder of Rosimar Rodríguez Gómez during events that began on Sept. 17 in the Sabana Seca section of Toa Baja.

On Sept. 17, Rodríguez Gómez, 20, was kidnapped from in front of a relative’s residence in Toa Baja. After several days of searching, on Sept. 27, the young woman’s body was found in grassland in the El Caracol sector of Dorado.

González Mercado, 20, was arrested on five charges: one charge for violation of Article 93 in its subsection (b), statutory murder; a charge for Article 157, kidnapping; and one charge for Article 268, false allegation related to a crime, all under the Penal Code of Puerto Rico. He also faces a charge for Article 6.05, carrying, transportation or use of firearms without a license, and a charge for Article 6.14, shooting or aiming firearms, under the Weapons Act of 2020.

Judge Lorraine M. Biaggi Trigo of the Bayamón Superior Court determined probable cause in all the charges brought against González Mercado and set bail at $2.14 million, which he did not pay and therefore will be admitted to jail. The preliminary hearing was scheduled for Oct. 29.

Prosecutors Jessika Correa González and Gretchen Pérez Catinchi were put in charge of the investigation along with agent Jesús Alicea Ortiz of the Bayamón CIC’s Homicide Division.

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