Authorities in New Jersey have arrested a man on suspicion of kidnapping and murder in connection with a dead body found last month in Hamilton Township.
According to Fox News, 20-year-old Danny Diaz-Delgado’s remains were discovered on March 24 near the Assunpink Creek.
Police say he had been shot at least seven times with wounds identified in his head, torso and one leg.
The victim’s hands had been tied behind his back and his face was covered with tape, according to reports.
As the Trentonian reported, Hamilton police officers reported to the scene that day in response to a call advising of an unresponsive person in the area. They found his body near the creek at about 2 p.m.
Upon further investigation, authorities determined Diaz-Delgado had intended to purchase a video gaming system advertised for sale online.
Police identified 29-year-old Rufus Thompson as a suspect, alleging that he tortured the victim as he demanded money.
The suspect has a record of prior burglary convictions, including one in 2011 and another in 2013 for which he served a combined three years in prison.
Reports indicate that a bank card belonging to Diaz-Delgado was used in a transaction that took place after his death.
In a statement following Thompson’s arrest on Saturday, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri said the suspect is facing criminal counts including felony murder, robbery, kidnapping and related weapons offenses.
[Featured image: Rufus Thompson and Danny Diaz-Delgado/Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office and Facebook]