Long-time fugitive captured in Guatemala indicted for 2007 murder

Welder “Dario” Morente Dubon, who was arrested in Guatemala last year, was indicted for a 2007 murder in Plainfield. (Union County Prosecutor’s Office)

ELIZABETH — A suspect accused of beating a man to death in 2007 and then fleeing to Guatemala where he remained in hiding until last year has been indicted for murder and three other charges, authorities said Friday.

Welder “Dario” Morente Dubon, 31, is charged with killing 23-year-old Joseph Tremarco at a tire shop where Dubon worked on the 1600 block of South Second Street in Plainfield, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace Park said in statement.

Tremarco, who lived in the Millington section of Long Hill and owned a scrap metal shop, went to see Dubon at the tire shop on March 29, 2007 for a business deal, authorities said.

An argument erupted between the two and Dubon allegedly beat Tremarco to death, then put the victim’s body in his work truck, and drove it a residential street in North Plainfield where he left it. 

Police found Tremarco’s body the next day, and investigators subsequently obtained a warrant for Dubon’s arrest, but by that time authorities believe the suspect had already fled to Central America.

As the investigation continued, the case eventually involved police in Plainfield, North Plainfield, Long Hill, Keyport and State Police, along with the the Union County Sheriff’s Office.

Several federal agencies also participated, including the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. State Department, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Diplomatic Security Service, as well as Guatemalan National Police.

In September 2009, the case was profiled on the television program “America’s Most Wanted,” and in October 2011, a federal arrest warrant was issued for Dubon charging him with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. Dubon was added to the  State Police list of 12 most wanted fugitives.

Last October Dubon was arrested in San Francisco El Alto, Guatemala by FBI agents and members of the Guatemalan Police.

Authorities said Dubon was arrested after investigators received information that he was living and working in the western-central portion of the country, authorities said in the statement.

Dubon was extradited to New Jersey earlier this year.

Park said investigators are still seeking people with information about this the killing or anyone who may have been in contact with Dubon since the March 29, 2007 killing.  Anybody with information is asked to call Detective Danika Ramos of the prosecutor’s office at (908) 451-7739.

A murder charges carries a maximum sentence of 30 years to life in prison upon conviction.

Tom Haydon may be reached at thaydon@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @Tom_HaydonSL. Find NJ.com on Facebook. Link.

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