Suspect in 2005 Holyoke murder arrested in Florida

Jesse Noel Rosario was gunned down in Holyoke 11 years ago

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – The suspect in a more than 11 year-old murder case out of Holyoke was arrested this week in Florida, where he was allegedly living under a fake name.

Thursday, Hampden County District Attorney Anthony Gulluni announced the arrest of 40 year-old Joey Camacho of Miami, who had been wanted for the March 17, 2005 drive-by shooting death of 25 year-old Jesse Rosario.

A search of the 22News archives revealed that we had reported Rosario was shot on Beacon Avenue in Holyoke on March 17, 2005. Then-Holyoke Police Chief Anthony Scott said at the time that “Rosario was shot and killed over a drug deal gone bad…It was likely payback for an unpaid drug debt.”

joey-camachoAt the time, Holyoke Police told 22News that they believed Rosario was shot by Camacho, who was then 29 years old and living in Springfield. Camacho had been listed as one of the state’s most wanted fugitives.

According to Gulluni’s office, state troopers and US Marshals received word that Camacho may be living under the alias “Gerald Torres” and may have been arrested for driving with a suspended license. Investigators examined the fingerprints of “Torres” following his booking, and determined that they were the same as Camacho’s.

Camacho was arrested by US Marshals on a charge of being a fugitive from justice, after his arraignment for the license issue Wednesday at a Miami courthouse. Gulluni says that his office is working with officials in Florida to have Camacho brought up to Massachusetts to face charges in the killing.