Police release sketch of man wanted in connection with killing in Elizabeth

Video may have captured linked vehicle

ELIZABETH, NJ — Police are looking for a young dark-skinned male, clean-shaven with short hair in connection with a killing in Elizabeth last month and have release a composite sketch in an effort to obtain help from the public.

The Union County Prosecutor’s Office also has re-released surveillance video of a vehicle showing a vehicle believed to be linked to the shooting death of 33-year-old Ronald Nieto in the driveway of his home in the area of Niles Street and Fifth Avenue shortly before 3 a.m. on July 16.

Elizabeth police responded to a call of gunfire and Nieto was found by suffering from bullet wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene, the prosecutor’s office said.

The surveillance video shows a light-colored, two-door car – possibly with out-of-state license plates – travelling in both directions of Niles Street near Fifth Avenue approximately six hours before the shooting.

The vehicle is believed to have remained in the area to the time of the shooting.
The homicide is being jointly investigated by the Union County Homicide Task Force, Elizabeth police, the Union County Sheriff’s Office Identification Unit and the Union County police’s ballistics unit.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the county’s homicide task force Detective Richard Acosta at 908-347-0404 or Detective Sofia Santos at 908-577-4256.

A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest and indictment in the case.
Information can be submitted anonymously to 908-654-TIPS (8477), via text message to 274637 (CRIMES) with the letters UCTIP plus a message or at the website www.uctip.org.

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