Officers make arrest in New York parole cold case

ELIZABETH — Union County Sheriff’s Officers arrested John Lopez of Elizabeth on a cold case parole warrant in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Lopez, 33, was wanted by New York State Division of Parole for parole violation and had been a fugitive since 2008.

The Cold Case Division of the New York State Parole Board contacted the Union County Sheriff’s Fugitive Unit last week with some new information on the Lopez case.

The new information produced fresh leads that ultimately resulted in the arrest without incident.

Lopez has an extensive criminal record in both New York and New Jersey for possession, manufacturing and distribution of controlled dangerous substances.

He was booked into the Union County Jail and is being held without bail. He faces 6 years to life in prison on the parole violation in New York State.

The Union County Sheriff’s Officers credited with making the arrest are Charles Mancuso, Erik Finne, Anthony Gialanella, George Gyure, Mike Schultz and Carlo Caparruva.