Guatemalan man prime suspect in North Bergen hit-and-run, authorities say


A Guatemalan man last seen in Fairview has been identified as the prime suspect of a North Bergen hit-and-run that left two brothers in critical condition, the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office said today. 

A Hudson County Sheriff's Office sketch of Rogelio Chavix-Tacen.
A Hudson County Sheriff’s Office sketch of Rogelio Chavix-Tacen.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Rogelio Chavix-Tacen, 38, is wanted for aggravated assault and leaving the scene of the accident with critical injury following a hit-and-run incident from November 14 where a red 2010 Nissan struck Michael and Adrien Viruet near Colombia Park, located near John F. Kennedy Blvd. and 32nd St., officials said.

As a result of the accident, Michael, 20, had to have his right leg amputated, while Adrian, 11, was impaled on the metal fence and endured serious head trauma, authorities said.

Chavix-Tacen allegedly purchased plane tickets to Guatemala, but never needed up returning to his home country. The U.S. Marshall’s Service, the North Bergen Police Major Case Squad and the Hudson County Prosecutors Municipal Task Force have been tracking Chavix-Tacen since Thursday, police said.

The suspect is believed to be traveling by car or public transportation and anyone with any information regarding Chavix-Tacen’s location should immediately contact the Hudson County Sheriff’s Department at 201-915-1300 or the North Bergen Police Department at 201-392-2100.

Anyone who wishes to contribute to the Viruet brothers medical expenses can make a donation via their GoFundMe page.

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