Arrest in Florida may help close an 11-year-old murder in Holyoke

Joey Camacho was on the run for 11 years and is now under arrest.


CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – 40-year-old Joey Camacho is in custody in Florida, accused of shooting and killing a Holyoke man 11 years ago.

The victim, Jesse Noel Rosario, and was killed in a drive-by shooting as he walked down Beacon Avenue in Holyoke on on March 17th, 2005. Holyoke Police were able to soon after determine a suspect in that murder.

Camacho’s capture was announced Thursday at Holyoke Police Headquarters. Hampden County District Attorney Anthony Gulluni said Camacho was living in Miami, using the name Gerald Torres. He was arrested for a motor vehicle violation in Florida and fingerprints helped determine that it was Camacho.

“People do go under the whim sometimes but again you can run, but you can’t hide because eventually we’re going to catch you. That’s exactly what happened in this case,” said Holyoke Police Chief, James Neiswanger.

“It’s a tragic case, cold blooded murder. It’s a very significant arrest for us and now its up to members of my office to carry this thing through and bring a prosecution that’s successful,” said Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni.

Former Holyoke Police Chief Anthony Scott told 22News 11 years ago, Rosario was shot as a result of an unpaid drug debt.

Camacho was arrested as a fugitive, and he faces a murder charge. The extradition process is under way to bring Camacho back to western Massachusetts to stand trial.

Related: Suspect in 2005 Holyoke murder arrested in Florida

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