Xavier Egoavil's murderer charged
JERSEY CITY – John DeRosa, 51, was arrested and charged today at approximately 5:30 a.m. with the Aug. 18 murder of Xavier Eoagvil, and the armed robbery of Rachel Jewelry on Kearny Avenue, according to Hudson County Prosecutor Edward DeFazio. DeRosa was apprehended while riding in a taxi in Belleville, DeFazio said. His last known address was in Newark but he is believed to have been a resident of Kearny at one time.
The arrest was based on the extensive investigation by the Kearny Police Department and the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Squad. DeFazio said, “It’s been a cooperative effort and a lot of work.”
“Based on various facets of the investigation it led to DeRosa being charged. It’s our theory that he is the gunman – the shooter in the case,” he explained.
There is a warrant out for the third individual in the homicide/robbery who is believed to have been in the store at the time of the shooting of Egoavil, Bloomfield resident Edmir Sokoli, 23, who is not yet in custody of police.
Getaway car driver Bloomfield resident Elvis Feratorvic, 24, was arrested and charged with felony murder on Sept. 3 after he was found at an auto repair shop in Passaic ready to change the appearance of the car that was used in the Aug. 18 incident. Feratorvic is currently in Hudson County Correctional Center in South Kearny.
DeRosa will have his first appearance, in person, at the Jersey City Central Judicial Processing Court. Because of the early morning time of arrest he was brought straight to the Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Squad at 555 Duncan Ave.