Police have arrested a 31-year-old man in connection with the Camden stabbings that left a 6-year-old boy dead and his 12-year-old sister seriously injured, authorities said this morning.
Osvaldo Rivera, who goes by the nickname "Popeye," was located by police on Sunday afternoon, hiding between a mattress and his bedroom wall, according to a statement from Jason Laughlin, a spokesman for the Camden County prosecutor's office. Police also found bloodstained sneakers matching the footprints from the crime scene.
Rivera has told investigators from the prosecutor's office that he smoked "wet," a combination of marijuana and PCP, before the killing, which took place early Sunday morning. PCP, which has been known to cause vivid hallucinations, has also been linked to the Aug. 23 death of 2-year-old Zahree Thomas in Camden. Thomas's mother, Chevronne, is believed to have smoked wet before allegedly decapitating her son.