CAMDEN, NEW JERSEY

APOLLO BAR
2312 Federal Street

The Apollo Bar was known as Spuhler's Grille from at least the early 1940s through 1960, when owner Harry Spuhler passed away. It was a fixture on Federal Street in East Camden. In the mid 1960s the bar was known as Cressman's Cafe. By 1970 the bar's name had changed to the Apollo Bar, and would remain as such until June 24, 1998, when the bar was shut down after a patron, Jose Rosas, was shot a juvenile, Felix Perez, who was sentenced to a lengthy prison term. The owner during this time was known as "Reds".

APOLLO BAR

September 2003

CAMDEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE
LEE A. SOLOMON, CAMDEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR
MEDIA   INFORMATION

June 24, 1998

Camden County Prosecutor Lee A. Solomon and Camden City Police Chief William Hill today reported that a 17 year old Camden male was arrested and charged with the murder of Jose Aristeo Jimenez Rosas, m/35, of the 200 block of North 40th Street, Camden.

The victim was shot to death at the Apollo Bar on June 21st, 1998. Additionally, a 23 year old Camden male has been charged with the murder and remains at large. Authorities are asking for the publicís help in locating Juan Rivera, aka "Tito", who is described as a 23 year old Puerto Rican male, 5í11", weighing 175 pounds, brown eyes, short black hair, may have a beard and mustache, has a dolphin tattoo on the left shoulder and "Tanny" tattooed on his chest.

The suspect is considered to be armed and dangerous. Anyone with information is asked to contact either the Camden County Prosecutorís Office at (609) 225- 8400 or the Camden City Police at (609) 757-7400. Investigators arrested the 17 year old male early last night when he was spotted walking with his girlfriend in the area of 7th and Elm Street. The 17 year old juvenile male was in possession of a 9mm semi automatic handgun when he was arrested. Ballistic tests are being performed to determine if the weapon recovered is in fact the murder weapon. Both juveniles are being held at the Camden County Juvenile Detention Center in Lakeland.

All persons are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.


CAMDEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE
LEE A. SOLOMON, CAMDEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR
MEDIA   INFORMATION

February 1, 1999

Camden County Prosecutor Lee A. Solomon and Camden City Police Chief Robert Allenbach today reported that Felix Perez, m/17, pled guilty to an adult charge of Aggravated Manslaughter for his part in the shooting death Jose Rosas, m/35, at the Apollo Bar on June 21st, 1998. Perez is scheduled to be sentenced before Superior Judge Linda G. Rosenzweig on March 12, 1999. The Camden County Prosecutor will recommend the maximum term of 30 years. Since the charge falls under the state's 85 percent rule, Perez will serve 25.5 years before becoming eligible for parole. Today, Perez was transported to Camden County from the Hudson County juvenile detention center, where he has been held since his arrest on unrelated charges. The Camden County Prosecutor's Office was seeking to have the juvenile tried as an adult in the case. Perez waived his right to a hearing and then pled guilty to aggravated manslaughter before Judge Rosenzweig. He is currently being held at the Camden County Jail.

March 12, 1999

Camden County Prosecutor Lee A. Solomon and Camden City Police Chief Robert Allenbach today reported that Felix Perez, m/17, was sentenced to 30 years in an adult state prison for the Aggravated Manslaughter of Jose Rosas, m/35, at the Apollo Bar on June 21st, 1998. Superior Court Judge Linda G. Rosenzweig sentenced Perez to the thirty year term noting that the term is subject to the State's 85% rule. Since the charge falls under the 85 percent rule, Perez will serve 25.5 years before becoming eligible for parole. Perez previously escaped from the Camden County Juvenile Detention Facility while awaiting trial. He has been held in the Hudson County juvenile detention center since his capture on escape charges and arrest on unrelated charges. He is currently being held at the Camden County Jail.

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