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ICE Puts Detainers On East Rutherford Restaurant Trio Charged In Gang Rape

Rene Jimenez, Emeterio Castelan, Luis Tenecela
Rene Jimenez, Emeterio Castelan, Luis Tenecela Photo Credit: MUGSHOT: Courtesy BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – ICE has placed detainers on three restaurant workers charged with sexually assaulting an incapacitated woman in East Rutherford.

Records show that dishwasher Rene Jimenez, 29, and kitchen helper Emeterio Castelan, 25, are both Mexican citizens sharing an East Rutherford apartment across from the borough post office and a day-care center.

The third defendant, 20-year-old Luis Tenecela, is an Ecuadoran citizen living in Hackensack.

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainers allow federal authorities to take custody of the trio for deportation purposes if a local judge orders their release, if they make bail or if the charges against them are resolved through a plea or trial.

They will remain in the Bergen County Jail until then.

All three were taken into custody after East Rutherford police received a 911 call Monday from the woman, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo said Wednesday.

They are charged with aggravated sexual assault on a victim while aided by an accomplice “while she was incapacitated and physically helpless,” the prosecutor said.

Records don't show whether or not any or all of the three are legally allowed to live and work in the U.S.

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