Teens plead not guilty in killing of pizza deliveryman in NJ

PATERSON, N.J. -- Two teens pleaded not guilty to murder, robbery and weapons charges in the killing of a pizza deliveryman in New Jersey.

Andy DeJesus, 18, and Joel Nunez, 18, made their first appearance before a Passaic County Superior Court judge on Wednesday.

Investigators said the Garfield teens robbed, shot and killed a pizza delivery driver. They will remain in jail pending a trial. Detention hearings are scheduled for both on Friday.

Police arrested a third person in the case on Wednesday, officials said. A 16-year-old male was charged with delinquency for committing acts, which if committed by an adult, would constitute the same offenses charged against the adult codefendants. His name is not being released.

The driver’s family was in tears in the courtroom as DeJesus and Nunez faced a judge.

Dervy Almonte-Moore, 27, of Elmwood Park, was making a delivery for Jumbo’s Pizza in Wallington on July 15.

A 911 call came in just after 2 a.m. reporting that his black Toyota Camry had struck a tree on Paulison Avenue in Passaic. Investigators believe Almonte-Moore was shot in Clifton but continued driving in an effort to get away. He was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

Police arrested a third person in the case on Wednesday, officials said. A 16-year-old male was charged with delinquency for committing acts, which if committed by an adult, would constitute the same offenses charged against the adult codefendants. His name is not being released.

Barely two weeks later, a Chinese food delivery driver was shot and killed in another armed robbery in Paterson. A 17-year-old was arrested in that case.