- Associated Press - Thursday, October 27, 2016

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey man accused of being a member of a statewide prostitution ring has been indicted on federal murder charges in connection with two killings three years ago.

NJ.com reports (https://bit.ly/2eKNDr0 ) the eight-count indictment, filed Wednesday in Newark federal court, identifies Wilmer Chavez-Romero as an enforcer for the unnamed criminal organization.

The grand jury contends that Chavez-Romero committed assaults and robberies to attack rival operations, punished disloyal members of the organization and carried out killings.

Prosecutors say the ring operated multiple brothels throughout New Jersey. Chavez-Romero, also known as “Charmin,” also allegedly served as the “house manager” of one in Bridgeton.

The indictment implicates Chavez-Romero in the fatal shootings of Neemias Reyes-Gonzales in September 2012 and Benito Escalante in January 2013.

No attorney information was available for Chavez-Romero.


Information from: NJ.com, https://www.nj.com

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