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Colombian national extradited to Bergen in Edgewater luxury high-rise home invasion

Photo Credit: Mary K. Miraglia, CLIFFVIEW PILOT Courthouse Reporter
Photo Credit: Mary K. Miraglia, CLIFFVIEW PILOT Courthouse Reporter
Photo Credit: Mary K. Miraglia, CLIFFVIEW PILOT Courthouse Reporter
Photo Credit: Mary K. Miraglia, CLIFFVIEW PILOT Courthouse Reporter
Photo Credit: Mary K. Miraglia, CLIFFVIEW PILOT Courthouse Reporter

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A 46-year-old Colombian national charged in the home invasion robbery of developer Fred Daibes at his St. Moritz high-rise apartment is behind bars in Bergen County.

Jorge Valencia was being held on $1 million bail in the Bergen County Jail after being extradited from Massachusetts this week. He was booked into the jail on Tuesday and had a brief court appearance there this morning.

Developer Fred Daibes at defendants’ court appearance (PHOTO: Mary K. Miraglia, CLIFFVIEW PILOT Courthouse Reporter)

Federal authorities also have slapped a detainer on Valencia, who sources said had been working as a building superintendent at the St. Moritz, where Daibes and two of the other three defendants live.

Bergen County prosecutors added five counts of conspiracy to a host of charges against him: kidnapping, robbery, hindering arrest, obstruction of justice, theft, burglary with a weapon and an additional weapons offense.

Authorities began searching for Valencia almost immediately after the Nov. 26 overnight robbery at the luxury high-rise that Daibes built just off Gorge Road in Edgewater.

After learning of his whereabouts, detectives from Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli’s office alerted the Boston Police Fugitive Unit and U.S. Marshal’s Office, who took him into custody exactly two weeks ago.

Anthony Suarez, Valencia (second inset), Sepulveda, Vasquez

Valencia joins defendants 20-year-old Anthony Suarez of the Bronx, who was arrested Dec. 11, as well as Adonis Sepulveda, 31, and 26-year-old Ramona Mercado Vasquez, who both live at the St. Moritz and were taken into custody a day after the crime.

All were being held on $1 million bail each at the county lockup.

Molinelli said the bandits broke Daibes’ ribs while taking $2 million in cash, gold and jewelry — all of which was recovered — during what became a nearly three-hour ordeal.

Defense attorneys insist that Sepulveda and Vasquez were set up by building employees, and that there is a fifth, unidentified suspect that authorities were searching for. They haven’t identified anyone, however.

MUGSHOT, TOP: Courtesy BERGEN COUNTY SHERIFF

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Sepulveda, Mercado with their attorneys at Dec. 6, 2013 court appearance in Hackensack
(PHOTOS: Mary K. Miraglia, CLIFFVIEW PILOT Courthouse Reporter)

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