MAYS LANDING—After more than a month-long homicide investigation, involving multiple local law enforcement agencies and additional assistance from agencies in Texas and Puerto Rico, a 25 year-old man has been arrested in Puerto Rico and charged in the fatal shooting of a man in Atlantic City on Aug. 1, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Cary Shill announced.
Frank Torres-Lopez, 25, was arrested in Puerto Rico on Sept. 29, 2021, by police there and he is charged with the following offenses in the fatal shooting of 42 year-old Juan Matute-Figueroa on Aug. 1, 2021:
· 1st degree Murder
· 2nd degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose
· 2nd degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon
Torres-Lopez’s transfer to the custody of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit is pending legal proceedings in Puerto Rico.
“This multi-jurisdictional, cooperative homicide investigation completed by law enforcement agencies in Atlantic County, Cumberland County, Texas and Puerto Rico has resulted in the arrest of a fugitive who was wanted for the murder of 42 year-old Juan Matute-Figueroa last month in Atlantic City. I thank and commend the investigators of the ACPO Major Crimes Unit and all of our law enforcement partners for the work they have completed on this investigation and for their swift action in the apprehension of Frank Torres-Lopez that has resulted in these murder and weapons charges,” Acting Prosecutor Cary Shill said.
Just after 3:00 a.m., on Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021, investigators of the ACPO Major Crimes Unit responded to Atlantic City in the area of California and Arctic Avenues for a report of a homicide. Atlantic City Police officers located 42 year-old Juan Matute-Figueroa at the scene who had been fatally shot.
This homicide investigation by the ACPO Major Crimes Unit and Torres-Lopez’s subsequent arrest included the assistance of the following law enforcement agencies:
· Atlantic City Police Department
· Atlantic County Sherriff’s Department
· US Marshall Task Force (Atlantic City, Puerto Rico, Houston)
· Puerto Rico Police Department
· Fairfax County (TX) Police Department
· Vineland Police Department
· NJ State Police ROIC
Chief Assistant Prosecutor Seth Levy represents the state in this matter.
***These charges are merely an accusation and not proof of guilt. In all criminal cases, a charged defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. ***
Anyone with information, regarding this shooting or any other serious crimes is asked to contact the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at https://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.