Police arrest suspect in 2019 Rockingham murder

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ROCKINGHAM — Following a lengthy investigation that began more than two years ago, the Vermont State Police has arrested a suspect in connection with the Nov. 1, 2019, fatal shooting of a truck driver in Rockingham.

An arrest warrant for second-degree murder was issued Tuesday for Jozsef Piri, 49, of Naples, Florida.

Deputies with the Collier County Sheriff’s Department assisted Vermont State Police detectives in arresting Piri on Thursday.

The murder charge arises from the shooting death of Roberto Fonseca-Rivera, 44, of Boston, Massachusetts, whose body was found behind the wheel of the Katsiroubas Produce truck he had been driving along Vermont Route 103 in Rockingham.

Piri and Fonseca-Rivera did not know each other.

Through investigation, the state police learned that Piri was driving a 2018 Toyota Tundra on Vermont Route 103 in close proximity to Fonseca-Rivera’s delivery truck on the day in question.

Piri lived in Connecticut at the time and was returning home from a property he owned in Londonderry, Vermont.

Detectives reviewed surveillance footage, GPS data, photographs, and other information to determine that Piri was driving immediately in front of Fonseca-Rivera just before the shooting occurred.

The Vermont State Police say they are unable to provide any additional comment on this case.

Piri’s arraignment in Vermont is pending his extradition from Florida and has yet to be scheduled.

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