Dover Man Charged with Murder

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Town of Dover Police Chief Harold Valentine announce that Daneri Javier-Medina, 21 years old, of Dover, New Jersey, has been charged with Murder and weapons related crimes. The victim has been identified as Jacinto Flores Zapata, 39 years old, of Dover, New Jersey.

Daneri Javier-Medina is alleged to have stabbed the victim outside of Xclusiv Lounge located at 337 East Blackwell Street, Dover, New Jersey during the early morning hours of November 24, 2014.  The victim was found suffering from multiple stab wounds and pronounced dead a short time later.  An investigation was conducted by members of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and Town of Dover Police Department which led to the arrest of Danier Javier-Medina. The Morris County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigations Unit and K-9 Unit were also instrumental in this investigation.

Javier-Medina was charged by way of Warrant-Complaint with Murder, a crime of the first degree, in violation of N.J.S.A.2C:11-3, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, a crime of the fourth degree, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5, and Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, a crime of the third degree, in violation of N.J.S.A.2C:39-4.

The Honorable Stuart A. Minkowitz, P.J.Cr. set bail in the amount of $500,000 cash, bond or property, with additional conditions set by the Court.

Anyone with information relating to these charges or the incident itself is urged to contact the Town of Dover Police Department at 973-366-0302, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 973-285-6200, or Morris County Sheriff’s CrimeStoppers at 973-267-2255.

Prosecutor Fredric Knapp would like to thank the Town of Dover Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, and the members of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit whose efforts contributed to this arrest.

Prosecutor Knapp stated: “The joint efforts of all participating law enforcement agencies was a textbook example of how an investigation should be handled.  Apprehension and charging of this suspect in less than 24 hours was an outstanding accomplishment by all investigative and legal staff and is to be highly commended.”

A criminal complaint is merely an accusation.  Despite this accusation, the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until he or she has been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Any inquiries can be directed to First Assistant Morris County Prosecutor Thomas Zelante at 973-285-6252 or [email protected].