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Somerset County fugitive wanted on 5 counts of attempted murder arrested in Pennsylvania

SOMERVILLE, NJ (Somerset County) – A Somerset County man wanted for multiple counts of attempted murder in North Plainfield in 2021 was arrested in Pennsylvania on Sept. 30, according to Somerset County Prosecutor John P. McDonald.

Cristobal Avila, 32, of North Plainfield was wanted from Somerset County for five counts of first-degree attempted murder, second-degree unlawful possession of weapon, and second-degree certain person not to have weapons.

On Saturday, Sept. 30, Avila was arrested by the Easton Police Department during a motor vehicle stop, where he produced a false government identification to police officers. Once arrested, police contacted the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office regarding the active fugitive warrants in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC), which were confirmed, McDonald said.

Prosecutor McDonald stated that detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Fugitive Unit will extradite defendant Avila to New Jersey at the completion of his criminal charges in Pennsylvania and extradition proceedings, McDonald said.

Avila will remain lodged in Pennsylvania pending a sentencing hearing, McDonald said.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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