NEWARK, New Jersey– The Roselle man who shot and killed a woman on his driveway before turning the gun on himself Tuesday was arrested in April for assaulting the same woman at gunpoint, Newark police confirmed Wednesday. 

Anishalee Cortes, 22, went to a Newark police station at 3 a.m. on April 8 to report Dominick Richards, 49, had broken into her home on Summer Avenue in Newark and assaulted her at gunpoint, police said.

Officers went to the house but did not find Richards, police said. Detectives got a warrant for Richards’ arrest and arrested him at about 8 p.m. that day at his home on Chestnut Street in Roselle, police said. 

Detectives seized a Glock handgun from Richards’ home, according to police.

He was charged with aggravated assault with a firearm, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and criminal restraint risking seriously bodily injury to the victim, court records show. 

Richards was also charged with criminal trespass, a disorderly persons offense.

Court records show the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office on April 10 filed a motion for pre-trial detention of Richards. Judge Alfonse Cifelli denied that motion April 13, and Richards was released from jail the same day, according to jail records. 

Richards killed Cortes on his driveway Tuesday and then killed himself, authorities said Wednesday. Police found their bodies at about 2:30 p.m. and pronounced them dead at the home. 

Under a policy adopted by the state Supreme Court in May, prosecutors now automatically request pre-trial detention for defendants facing a range of gun and weapons charges, although a judge makes the final decision. 

The change came after New Jersey’s new bail system, which started in January, faced criticism for allowing some people accused of gun crimes to be released before trial. The system mostly eradicates cash bail and enables judges to order defendants be held without bail based partly on their criminal history and the charges against them.

 

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