4th teen arrested in Clifton liquor store murder

A fourth teenager has been arrested in connected with the fatal shooting of 21-year-old Leandro Mendoza outside Lexington Liquors in Clifton.

A fourth teen was arrested in the murder of Leandro Mendoza outside a Clifton liquor store.

A fourth teen was arrested in the murder of Leandro Mendoza outside a Clifton liquor store. (10/23/15)

CLIFTON - A fourth teenager has been arrested in connected with the fatal shooting of 21-year-old Leandro Mendoza outside Lexington Liquors in Clifton.

The 17-year-old suspect was arrested Thursday by the Clifton Police Department and Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office. The teen, whose name has not been released due to his age, is charged with murder, armed robbery and weapons offenses.

Two other 17-year-olds and 18-year-old Owen Soltis were arrested earlier this week. Investigators say that Mendoza and another employee were closing up the Lexington Avenue shop last Friday when they were approached by the group who opened fire on them.

Mendoza was fatally wounded, while the other employee sustained minor injuries.

Mendoza's family says he didn't know the suspects. They describe him as a hard worker who stayed out of trouble and was always smiling. He was an aspiring rapper.

Soltis was arraigned Thursday. Prosecutors described him as the "lookout" during the robbery.

The 17-year-old who was arrested Thursday faced a judge Friday morning.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

VIDEO: Preview of PNC Art Center's summer shows 1 VIDEO: Preview of PNC Art Center's summer shows
The Jewish community center in Edison was evacuated 2 JCC in Edison temporarily evacuated after bomb threat
A water tanker has been set up at 3 City of Orange residents told to conserve water
VIDEO: Chopper 12 above North Bergen fire 4 VIDEO: Chopper 12 above North Bergen fire
Thousands of women will head to Washington D.C. 5 Thousands of NJ women head to Washington for protest

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

Soltis was arraigned on charges of murder, weapon Suspect arraigned in Clifton liquor store murder

The family of the 21-year-old shot and killed during a Clifton liquor store robbery says

Lookout in 2015 Clifton liquor store slaying gets 3rd teen arrested in Clifton liquor store murder

A third teenager was arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a liquor store

Owen Soltis, 18, was arrested and charged with 2nd teen arrested in Clifton liquor store murder

A second teenager was arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a Clifton liquor

The 17-year-old is accused of shooting Leandro Mendoza Teen accused in Clifton murder to be in court Tuesday

A teenager charged with murder in connection with the fatal shooting of a worker outside

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE