A Freehold, NJ man was arrested for the shooting death of a man in Jackson last Friday.The victim, 34-year-old Peyman Sanandaji was shot multiple times in the defunct Casanova Restorante on South New Prospect Road on Thursday night. Hours later, the alleged killed, Hector Calderon, 47, was arrested by police in connection to the murder.
Sanandaji’s body was discovered by authorities late Thursday night after receiving a report about an injured person.
It’s unclear what clues led investigators to Calderon, but he was arrested at his Freehold home without incident on Friday at around noon.
Calderon is being charged with murder, possession of a weapon, and possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose.
The shooting was the first for several years in the town of Jackson, and resulted in an outpouring of shock and grief from the community.
“This is something that doesn’t happen in Jackson,” said Jackson Mayor Michael Reina. “And it kind of took everybody by surprise.”
“I believe this is an isolated incident involving these acquaintances,” Police Chief Matthew Kunz said. “And it certainly is not indicative of any criminal trend in the area that would suggest that the area is any less safe.”
The exact circumstances of the murder, however, are unclear. The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office said only that the two men were acquaintances, who met for some kind of meeting in the restaurant.
“What they were meeting about, I don’t know,” said Della Fave, spokesman for the prosecutor’s office.
NJ.com commenters “Jorge Polischuk” and “Xtremetude” claimed in comments beneath a story on the arrest that they knew Calderon, and that the murder was “out of character for him.”
It’s unknown at this time if Calderon has secured the services of an attorney. He’s being held on $1 million bail at the Ocean County Jail.