LEONIA, NJ MAN CHARGED WITH MURDER, POSSESSION OF A WEAPON FOR AN UNLAWFUL PURPOSE, HINDERING HIS OWN APPREHENSION, AND UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A WEAPON
For Immediate Release:
March 31, 2022
Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of NILE DIAKOS (DOB: 08/29/1986; single; unemployed) of 147 Grand Avenue, Apartment B, Leonia, NJ, on charges of murder, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, hindering his own apprehension, and unlawful possession of a weapon. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Jason Love and the Leonia Police Department under the direction of Chief Scott Tamagny.
At 9:59 a.m. on Saturday, March 26, 2022, the Leonia Police Department received a 911 call reporting a stabbing at a residence in Leonia. Upon their arrival at the residence, officers found 35-year-old Alicia A. Arnone deceased from an apparent stab wound. Based on the statements of two alleged eyewitnesses to the circumstances surrounding the murder, Andrae Daniels was identified as the murderer, and he was arrested and charged. However, the continuing investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and Leonia Police Department cast serious doubt upon the alleged eyewitness statements, and, confronted with evidence developed during the investigation, one of the eyewitnesses recanted the identification of Andrae Daniels, while the other, NILE DIAKOS, was identified as the actual murderer.
On March 30, 2022, NILE DIAKOS was arrested and charged with first-degree murder, N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3a(1) and N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3a(2); third-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4d; third-degree hindering his own apprehension, 2C:29-3b(4), and fourth-degree unlawful possession of a weapon, 2C:39-5d.
Andrae Daniels was released from custody on March 30, 2022, concurrent with the recantation of an eyewitness and the charging of NILE DIAKOS.
Prosecutor Musella states that the charges are merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, and he would also like to thank the Leonia Police Department and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in this investigation.