CAMDEN, N.J. – Prosecutors say that a 6-year-old boy was killed trying to defend his sister from a man, under the influence of PCP, who had broken into their home and was sexually assaulting her.
In the middle of the night Sunday, 31-year-old Osvaldo “Popeye” Rivera broke into a home after smoking marijuana laced with PCP. He then attacked Amber, a 12-year-old girl who was sleeping on the floor with her 6-year-old brother Dominick Andujor. The siblings were being watched by a 14-year-old girl while their mother recovered in a local hospital after having surgery.
Rivera allegedly sexually assaulted Amber and slashed her throat in the process. She was only able to escape and seek help after her brother intervened in an attempt to protect his sister. Amber ran from the home and got help from Nakyta McCray, a neighbor who lived a few houses down.
“There was a lot of blood,” McCray told 911. “The little girl was just rocking back and forth. The cut went right along her throat.”
Amber was taken to the hospital with a slashed windpipe. She was initially listed in critical condition, but that has since been upgraded to stable. Sadly, the same could not be said about her little brother. When police entered the home, they found Dominick dead from a slit throat. A 9-year-old and the 14-year-old in the home were not injured.
Amber was able to tell police that her attacker was a man from the neighborhood with a name that sounded like “Poppy.” Investigators learned that Rivera’s nickname was “Popeye” and that he sometimes stayed in an apartment in the area. They would find Rivera in that apartment, hiding between a mattress and wall. They would also find a pair of bloody sneakers that matched bloody footprints found in the home.
Police arrested Rivera and charged him with murder and attempted murder. When he was being interrogated, Rivera inquired about the two children, asking: “How bad did I hurt them?”
This is the second story out of Camden we have reported on recently that involved someone on PCP murdering someone else. Last month we reported on Chevonne Thomas, the woman who called 911 after she decapitated her 2-year-old son and placing his head in the freezer. Later tests would reveal Thomas was under the influence of PCP. Because of this, police are trying to determine if a contaminated batch of PCP is making the rounds, turning the people in Camden into psychopathic killers.Tags: Crime, Dominick Andujor, Drugs, Murder, New Jersey, Osvaldo Rivera, PCP, Rape