District Attorney Krasner Announces Charges Following Arrest of Defendant for July Shooting of Pregnant Partner
Jane Roh, District Attorney’s Office, 215–686–8711, Jane.Roh@phila.gov
PHILADELPHIA (Sept. 22, 2020) — District Attorney Larry Krasner on Tuesday announced three counts of Attempted Murder and related charges have been filed against a Philadelphia man who had been wanted by the Philadelphia Police Department and the District Attorney’s Office for shooting three people, including a woman pregnant with his child, in the Fairfield section of the city last July.
Nicholas Fuentes (DOB: 6/16/1998) was arrested by police in Wisconsin on August 31st. He has been sought for his role in the July 22nd shooting of a woman who was 36 weeks pregnant with his child, along with two other adults who were helping the woman move out of her house following a domestic dispute with the defendant.
Philadelphia Police responding to the scene recovered 20 fired cartridge casings. The one-month-old baby of one of the victims was at the scene, but not struck. All three victims continue to recover from their injuries.
“There is no excuse for unlawfully firing at least 20 bullets on any block, in any community, in our city,” District Attorney Krasner said. “I am grateful for the diligence of law enforcement in Philadelphia and in Wisconsin for helping my office make sure Fuentes is brought to justice and held accountable for his violent acts. In and out of court we stand with these victims and will support them in every way possible as they work to heal from their wounds and trauma.”
Fuentes is charged with three counts each of Attempted Murder (F1), Aggravated Assault (F1), Simple Assault (M2), and Recklessly Endangering Another Person (M2). He is also charged with Aggravated Assault of Unborn Child (F1); VUFA 6105 (F1), 6106 (F3), 6108 (M1); Discharge into Occupied Structure (F3); and Possessing an Instrument of Crime (M1). He is being held without bail.
“We can end the culture of intimate partner abuse and violence by making sure survivors are supported and that all people are educated about healthy, safe relationships,” District Attorney Krasner added. “For access to information about intimate partner violence, contact the Women Against Abuse 24/7 hotline at 1–866–723–3014 for quality, compassionate, and nonjudgmental services. The District Attorney’s office and the courts have also ensured continuous access to emergency Protection From Abuse Orders (PFAs) throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, both in person and remotely.”
Temporary PFAs may be requested by email, TempPFA@courts.phila.gov, by phone at 215–686–6311, ext. 19217; and in person at the Criminal Justice Center.
The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office is the largest prosecutor’s office in Pennsylvania, and one of the largest in the nation. It serves the more than 1.5 million citizens of the City and County of Philadelphia, employing 600 lawyers, detectives, and support staff. The District Attorney’s Office is responsible for prosecution of approximately 40,000 criminal cases annually.