Murder Suspect Identified

Nolvin Garcia, of Orange, is wanted for the murder of a bouncer at Misty's Restaurant and Bar in West Orange on Monday, according to the Essex County Prosecutor's Office.


Authorities have identified the man responsible for the at Misty’s Restaurant and Bar on Monday. 

Nolvin Garcia, 24, of Orange, is wanted by The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office for the shooting and killing of Jacques Nelson, 32, of Orange. 

Nelson, a father of four, was employed at the bar, located at 277 Main St., as a bouncer. He was fatally shot around 2 a.m. on Monday when he attempted to break up a fight in the municipal parking lot behind the bar. 

Garcia is still at-large and is considered armed and dangerous, according to the ECPO. He was charged with murder and weapons offenses. His bail was set at $750,000. 

The ECPO is not releasing any more information about Garcia at this time, according to the prosecutor's office spokeswoman Katherine Carter. 

A reward up to $5,000 is being offered by the Essex County Sheriff’s Crimestoppers program to anyone who can provide information leading to an arrest and conviction in the shooting. 

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office tips line at 1-877-847-7432. The names of callers will remain anonymous. 

selena August 10, 2012 at 03:01 PM
i feel like that restaurant should be closed there are alot of illegal activities there i live close by and i think is a terrible place to have there specially close to the schools the kids walk by there all the time.... and there are alot of drunks and not to mention the after hour. i think after the incident they should close that place down.
Gary Englert August 10, 2012 at 04:34 PM
"A man's death and a families suffering could have been prevented?" And just what could have been done to prevent this crime...the movie theater shootings in Aurora...Gabrielle Gifford's wounding...or the carnage Timothy McVeigh left in Oklahoma City? Not a thing as, absent having a sufficient number of policeman on the street monitoring each any every premises on the planet, there will never be enough of them to prevent these kinds of things from happening...and no fiscal decision madde by our town fathers aided and abetted it. There are a set number of ABC licenses in town and that number hasn't increased in decades; this criticism is based on ignorance. Lastly, crime does not continue to increase in West Orange as any review of the FBI's Unifrm Crime Reports clearly indicates. What has changed is the immediacy and width of its reporting, given the relatively recent proliferation of on-line media outlets like The Patch.
claudia August 10, 2012 at 05:04 PM
what illegal activities? or are you just assuming? i live nearby and go to the restaurant regularly. the people that own that spot are friendly and work hard. what do you expect from drunks? they always close on time and clean up after. why should it close down? this is unfortunate event that happened in a public parking lot. this could've happened anywhere. there are a lot of crazy people in this world. none of us know what happened so do not assume. i see kids walking around there between 8am-6pm(around school hours). i don't see them walking around 2am...do you? if they are walking around those hours, it is their parents fault.
wohopeful August 10, 2012 at 09:08 PM
The death of an innocent man and the sorrows of his familiy could most certainly have been avoided if we did not hand out so many liquor license in West Orange, when these licenses expire they should not be renewed. In addition we need to have establishments in known criminal areas with a high percentage of the element randomly inspected and shut down by 10pm. And if Mayor Parisi hadn't fired policemen we may not have the high rate of crime that is currently persistant in WO. Yet no word from the Mayor.
wohopeful August 10, 2012 at 09:35 PM
People are being killed in Wet Orange, victims of Robberies and Attacks ... Now is not the time for maintianuing the status quo of inaction adn ignorance. We must act and stop handing out and renewing these liquor licenses, shut down these establishments by 10pm, close those establishments that are purveyours of crime. We must act, the status quo just makes us all victims.
Gary Englert August 11, 2012 at 01:46 AM
First, liquor licenses (while regulated by the Township) are an asset owned by the qualified license holder who purchased same and cannot be confiscated or voided without due process or cause. Second, Mayor Parisi did not "fire" any police officers; he initiated layoffs when the PBA refused to accept compromises that would have avoided them. If they haven't found alternate employment they prefer, any officers laid off have first right of refusal when and if the Township is in a position to hire more officers. That is a far cry from being "fired." Last, West Orange does not have a high crime rate and that will not be true regardless of how often you say it.
badbul August 11, 2012 at 04:42 AM
If you were to open your eyes a little wider, you would see the illegal activity that happens there after 10 PM. I'll leave it as that, as I'm sure there is an active investigation on the illegal activities there.
badbul August 11, 2012 at 04:49 AM
You will read about the illegal activities there in the newspaper in the near future.
Danielle Lewis August 11, 2012 at 06:52 AM
Having more cops on the street isn't going to prevent crime. People are gonna do what they want to do whether there are more cops on the force or not. They don't care. The only thing that would happen if there were more cops is that they would get to the scene faster when they get called. Why should establishments close early just because they have a liquor license or not be allowed to renew their license? Especially if something did not happen at other businesses? It is not fair to punish every business. You cannot blame what happened on the establishment and their liquor license. Crime is going to happen whether places are opened or closed, liquor license or not.
Danielle Lewis August 11, 2012 at 07:43 AM
Maybe some businesses should start screening the people that come in and have a bouncer do pat downs before they enter the bar.
wohopeful August 11, 2012 at 11:32 AM
Closing by 10 pm gets the element off our streets earlier and will deter them from perpetrating their crimes in our community. Any establishment with a liquor license should be closed after 10pm.
Dan August 11, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Okay, hopeful. That includes the movie theater. Let's close that at 10. Makes sense. That wouldn't kill it's weekend revenue at all. We'll have to throw Gaffer's, Slate, and Egan's in there. Can't have those pesky restaurants serving food after 10. Same thing with Friday's, Starlite, and Suzy Q's. Who needs food after 10? Next on the list will have to be the Franklin, HAT, Dillons, and the Shillelagh. Can't have those little neighborhood bars that have been around forever catering to its long time customer base, can we? Oh, and who needs any of the tax revenue from these places? Denying them a possible 28 hours a week, some places their highest volume hours, won't adversely affect them, will it?
Ryan August 11, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Correct. And as the taxes they pay fall precipitously with their earnings, woho's will go up to compensate.
Sharon Lasher August 11, 2012 at 01:47 PM
How ironic that "wohopeful' is the most negative, 'chicken-little', ignorant broad-stroke basher of West Orange I have ever heard. Gary & co, thanks for trying, but obviously no amount of logic or actual statistics are of any interest to a man like 'wohopeful' who lives to insult and stir up controversy. WHO ARE YOU, MR. 'HOPEFUL'? And where did you get the notion that restaurants and bars cause the problems and 10 pm is the magic hour that will prevent violence? Where are your viable suggestions to help improve the quality of life in West Orange?
Gary Englert August 11, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Sharon Lasher: Thanks for the nod but, expecting a cogent response from someone lacking enough courage of conviction to put a name, face and reputation behind his opinions is an exercise in futility. One has to wonder if wohopeful even truly lives here as his constant negative nonsense does nothing more than damage the Township's reputation and its property values as well. Good neighbor, right? Not so much.
john anthony prignano August 11, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Danielle Greater police presence, beefed up patrols, modern technology,deployment stategies, police overtime, identifying and addressing areas that are seeing increases in crime,identifying and addressing specific types of crimes, plainclothes officers, undercover officers, etcetera, all MEANINGLESS ?
john anthony prignano August 11, 2012 at 06:02 PM
wohopeful I don't know if the number of liquor licenses contributed to this tragedy, , I actually don't think is is, but you're right, this could have been prevented : Many years ago, there was a very violent and lengthy brawl in a corner bar near my house . My next door neighbor ran home and grabbed a sawed- off shotgun . Before he could get back to the bar, a police cruiser pulled up . The police drew their guns, disarmed him ,and took him into custody . There's no doubt that many lives were saved . He served jail time . wohopeful, that police cruiser had not been called to the scene . It just happened to be passing by on routine patrol. Police presence matters, and it matters a great deal.
Danielle Lewis August 11, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Closing restaurants and bars at 10 isn't going to get that element off the street. If anything its going to keep them on the street because there is nowhere to go. Not renewing liquor licenses isnt going to fix the problem either._ Wohopeful, do u not know that we are in a recession and businesses CANNOT afford to close early or lose their liquor licenses. They pay a lot of money for them and the town and ABC keep an eye on all of them. Next time before you leave a comment, do research and get your facts straight.
john anthony prignano August 11, 2012 at 07:10 PM
wohopeful For the purposes of this particular thread , please don't refer to Robert Parisi as Mayor Robert Parisi. Refer to him as Police Director Parisi . Police Director Parisi's philosophy to combating crime may or may not be effective , but it's certainly new and different : "It's a bad economy . Things are tough all, over . " Perhaps the Uniform Crime Report does NOT show an increase in serious crimes in West Orange .Ok there may be an increase, perhaps a big increase, in murders and robberies at gunpoint and robberies that also included brutal assaults , but there may be a decrease in serious shoplifting incidents, and the number of pricey bicycles being stolen or "taken without the permission of the owner " may have declined . So what's the problem.
wohopeful August 11, 2012 at 08:44 PM
And what facts do you offer Ms. Lewis to prove that closing businesses by 10pm would not increase the quality of life in our town? Please before you attack others, get your own house in order. We only need to look at those areas of town where these denisons of repute do not exist and coo relate that to the lower crime rates for these areas to know A 10pm closing is in fact a good thing.
Gary Englert August 11, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Hey folks...when somebody can figure out what a "denison of repute" is, and can point one of these suckers out for me, I'd love to see what one of these bad boys look like. While you're at it, please point wohopeful in the direction of an adult remedial English class.
john August 12, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Gary, why don't you take your wife and kids there at 11pm to see what's really going on. Wopd does not take complaints seriously . I've spoken to someone who lives in the building right next door to mistys and they have called Wopd and 911 many times over the last 4 years. So let's be objective here, if you think I'm making this up. Take a look at how many complaints came into Wopd and 911 about this place and then you will see for yourself how hopeful Wopd is in responding to tax payers legitimate complaints
Gary Englert August 12, 2012 at 02:53 AM
John: First, I'm divorced and my two daughters are adults with children of their own. Second, while my Airborne-Ranger days are forty years past, there isn't a street in West Orange that I'd be uncomfortable walking (unarmed) at 3:00 AM. If Misty's Bar, or any other ABC licensed establishment in town, is the source of ongoing complaints requiring a police presence, and if violations are found, I have full faith that there will be appropriate action taken by the WOPD and then the local ABC Board. If you have evidence that the WOPD is failing to do its job and/or not enforcing local or state law, I would strongly suggest you bring your concerns to the Chief of Police. If your complaints are not adequately addressed by Chief Abbott, you should then take them to the Essex County Prosecutors Office or State Attorney General. Anonymously talking nonsense on the Internet won't solve the problems you perceive; speak out where it will do some good.
Dan August 12, 2012 at 04:41 AM
@Prigano. What corner bar was that and when? I'm curious.
Brett Kaiser August 12, 2012 at 05:06 AM
Gary..I think I'd stay off of Harrison Ave and down by the Franklin Tavern these days...walking alone...in a group..maybe not so much...but I'm just getting Old
john anthony prignano August 12, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Dan Corner of Merchant Street and Clover Street, Newark, 30+ years ago. That location had so many reincarnations over so many years, I doubt if I knew it's name even at the time that that incident occured.
mick August 14, 2012 at 11:55 AM
The police can't protect us from this sort of crap. Only we can protect ourselves, hence the 2nd amendment. "The police can't stop an intruder, mugger, or stalker from hurting you. They can pursue him only after he has hurt or killed you. Protecting yourself from harm is your responsibility, and you are far less likely to be hurt in a neighborhood of gun owners than in one of disarmed citizens – even if you don't own a gun yourself". – Harry Browne
john anthony prignano August 14, 2012 at 06:26 PM
wohopeful Englert writes "Hey folks... when somebody can figure out what a "denison of repute " is , and can point one of these suckers out for me , I'd love to see what one of these bad boys looks like ". Englert also chastised Leigh - Ann Zaolino for misspelling the word "mere " This is what Englert wrote yesterday ; " Purely and simply, most people have been ingonrong what has to say and giving him a wide berth for years " " ingonrong what has to say " ?? AGAIN, we see the failure of the Public Schools to properly educate people ..what's an ingonrong, a marsupial ?
Gary Englert August 14, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Mr. Prignano clearly has some difficulty in recognizing the difference between typographical errors and spelling error and, certainly, a lack of cohesive thought. Analagous to this would be his inability to understand the difference between human muscle tissue (which he should have some familiarity with a power-lifter/former gym owner) and brain matter, which he is clearly far less familiar with. The former can (almost always, except for disease or other impairment) be subjected to exercise and resistance that (assuming the body is properly nourished) will result in increased muscle mass and strength. The latter will have an innate and primarily genetically inbred limit to its capacity and ability to absorb and/or master information and skills...and that will vary widely among people, in general, and school students, in particular. Not everyone will achieve all the educational goals we'd hope or like them to...and that they don't is not a failure of public education. One would think a father who has raised an autistic child would be fully aware of that indisputable fact.
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