In Camden, New Jersey, Osvaldo Rivera, a 31-year-old man high on PCP and marijuana broke into a house and started to rape the 12-year-old girl he found inside was arrested Sunday afternoon and charged with murder and attempted murder.
He is being held at the Camden County Jail and an arraignment is expected to be held Tuesday.
The 2012 attack aroused nationwide outrage, along with admiration for the heroism of Dominick Andujar, whose fight enabled his injured sister, Amber, to flee the house and seek help from a neighbor.
A 6-year-old boy was found dead with his throat slit in his home on the 900 block of Ware Street about 2 a.m. Sunday. His 12-year-old sister also suffered stab wounds and is in critical condition at Cooper Hospital in Camden.
Prosecutors say the 12-year-old girl identified her attacker as what sounded like “Poppy.”
Investigators later determined that Rivera lived in the area and went by the nickname “Popeye.”
USA Today reported that police found blood-stained sneakers inside the apartment where Rivera was arrested that matched bloody footprints in the home where 6-year-old Dominick Andujor was murdered.
The girl’s younger brother, who was only 6, attacked the man in an attempt to defend his sister. Rivera stabbed and slashed the throat of the toddler before slashing the throat of the sister. She was able to flee to the neighbors, who called the police.
The sister has accused Rivera of rape and was treated at hospital for the 12 inch gash in her throat, but says that her baby brother was her hero.
Osvaldo Rivera has been charged with murder and attempted murder, additional charges are pending further investigation. Rivera has not entered a plea at this time.
This is the second PCP related attack in Camden, earlier this year in August a woman high on PCP decapitated her 2-year-old child before taking her own life.
Dominick will always be remembered as Camden’s littlest hero.
It’s a title that the young boy may have known ahead of the savage attack as evidenced in his kindergarten journal which was later returned to his mother by his teacher.
Inside it read:
“I am a superhero, I save people.”