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Perth Amboy Man Arrested for El Patio Bar Shooting

Updated: Jul 31, 2021

Friday, July 23, 2021

PERTH AMBOY, NJ - Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Deputy Chief Larry Cattano of the Perth Amboy Police Department announced today that a City man has been arrested and charged in relation to a non-fatal shooting.

On July 19, 2021, at approximately 12:40 A.M., authorities responded to the El Patio Bar located at 417 Fayette Street following the report of a shooting. Upon their arrival, officers located six individuals who sustained non-fatal gunshot wounds.

An investigation by Detective Manuel Lopez of the Perth Amboy Police Department and Detective Mark Morris of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office determined Alexander Corneil, 27, of Perth Amboy attempted to fatally shoot a man known to him in the area surrounding the bar. The investigation further determined the intended target and five bystanders were struck by the gunfire.

Today, Corneil was arrested in the Bronx by members of the New Jersey State Police Fugitive Unit, the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force, the Perth Amboy Police Department, and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.

Corneil was charged with six counts of first-degree attempted murder, one count of second-degree possession of a handgun for an unlawful purpose, and five counts of second-degree aggravated assault.

Corneil is presently lodged at Rikers Island Correctional Facility where he is pending extradition to New Jersey.

Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone offered special thanks to the local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies whose hard work and collaborative efforts made the safe apprehension, without incident or injury, a reality.

Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office

The investigation is active and continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Lopez at (732)324-3856 or Detective Morris at (732)745- 3927.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Corneil are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.



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