North Brunswick police sergeant locates ‘sleeping’ murder suspect

A North Brunswick police sergeant helped locate a man wanted in a double homicide investigation.

On Dec. 11 at approximately 3:15 p.m., the Raritan Borough Police Department responded to 46 First Ave. in Raritan Borough on a report of concerns regarding the welfare of the occupants of the residence. The officers entered the residence and proceeded to a second floor master bedroom, locating the body of a deceased homicide victim, according to a statement released by the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office.

Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey D. Soriano said that detectives from the Raritan Borough Police Department along with detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Crime Scene Investigations and Forensics Unit responded to conduct the investigation.

Crime scene detectives located the body of an additional homicide victim on the first floor of the residence, he said.

Detectives identified Ramon “Ray” Cadiz, 51, of Raritan Borough, as a suspect. A statewide police broadcast was issued for Cadiz and the vehicle that he was believed to be operating.

Detectives conducting the investigation were assisted in locating Cadiz by agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation along with detectives from the New Brunswick Police Department and officers from the North Brunswick Police Department.

Soriano said that just before midnight, North Brunswick Police Sgt. Michael Sauvigne, while on patrol, located the suspect vehicle parked in a dimly lit secluded area on Petunia Drive in the Colony Oaks Apartment Complex of North Brunswick. Sauvigne reportedly maintained a visual surveillance of the suspect vehicle.

Detectives who responded established surveillance of the vehicle and the surrounding area while awaiting a visual confirmation of the wanted subject. At approximately 4 a.m., detectives approached the vehicle and allegedly encountered Cadiz sleeping in a reclined position in the front driver’s seat, Soriano said.

Cadiz was transported to the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office where he was charged with two counts of first-degree murder. He was lodged in the Somerset County Jail with bail set at $2 million.

The cause and manner of the deaths, along with the positive identification of the victims, will be determined following the post mortem examination to be conducted by the New Jersey Regional Medical Examiner’s Office.

Soriano said the investigation is ongoing.