Police identity man who they say shot his ex-wife
Police have identified the man who they say killed his ex-wife and committed suicide on Saturday in Carlstadt after a standoff of several hours with police.
James Cox, 43, shot dead his ex-wife, Massiel Deoleo, 34, of Mahwah, on Friday night before turning the gun on him the next day when police intervened at his home at 601 Sixth St. in Carlstadt, prosecutors said. Bergen County, Mark Musella. in a press release Sunday afternoon.
Authorities have described an ordeal that began when relatives of Deoleo reported his disappearance on Saturday morning.
At 11:48 a.m. on Saturday, a relative called Carlstadt police to report his disappearance and expressed concern for his well-being. The relative told police she was last seen with Cox. At 11:55 am, another relative called Mahwah police to intervene at her home, where the police found “a lot of things” of hers scattered outside.
At around noon, Carlstadt police responded to the Sixth Street residence, where they found Cox with a gun, police said. Officers emerged from the residence and contacted the Bergen County regional SWAT team, resulting in a stalemate for hours that forced residents in the area to take shelter in place.
Members of the SWAT team entered the house around 8 p.m. and found Cox dead from a single gunshot wound, police said. They also found Deoleo inside the residence, and police later determined that she had been shot dead the night before.
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Cox had a history of violence with his romantic partners.
In July 2000, at the age of 23, he was charged with kidnapping and sexual assault of his ex-girlfriend.
Prosecutors said at the time that Cox kidnapped the 20-year-old woman from Parsippany around 10:30 p.m. and then took her for a long drive in his Chevy Blazer for “a few hours.” He asked why she broke their relationship, holding her at knife threat the entire time, prosecutors said.
He eventually took her behind a warehouse in Carlstadt, where police said they sexually assaulted her. After the attack, they got back into the Blazer and started driving again. Prosecutors said the victim was able to jump from the moving vehicle and escape near his home.
Cox, who was a security guard at the time, was charged with aggravated first degree assault, second degree aggravated assault, first degree kidnapping, third degree criminal restraint and possession of third degree weapon, The Record reported. time.
He then pleaded guilty to aggravated first degree sexual assault.
Melanie Anzidei is a reporter for NorthJersey.com. To get unlimited access to the latest news, please subscribe or activate your digital account today.
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