Hackensack NJ police recently arrested a man accused of murdering his girlfriend and her four-year-old son in Jersey City, New Jersey.
According to law enforcement, the suspect strangled the 25-year-old victim and then smothered her young son on October 7 at a Lincoln Street residence in Jersey City, NJ.
After the killing, the suspect reportedly fled from Jersey City. Hudson County authorities tried to find the suspect but could not locate him.
Hackensack police later found the suspect hiding in an apartment located on Clay Street and placed him under arrest.
Prior to being arrested, the suspect allegedly grabbed a large knife and charged at one of the officers. Police responded by shooting the suspect in the abdomen. The suspect suffered a gunshot wound to the stomach as a result of the shooting.
After the police shooting incident, Hackensack police officers arrested two women at the Hackensack residence for allegedly hindering the police investigation by telling authorities that the suspect was not at the apartment. Police reportedly showed a photo of the suspect to the women prior to entering the home.
Immediately after the shooting, the suspect was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center so that he could be treated for his injuries. He was later transported to the Hudson County Jail, where he will be held in lieu of bail.
The suspect has been charged with two counts of murder in the case. If he is ultimately convicted of first degree murder, he faces severe penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3, a murder conviction could result in life imprisonment, with a minimum sentence of 30 years in New Jersey State Prison.
For more information about this case, check out the NorthJersey.com article entitled “Fevered Search, then a Single Gunshot as Hackensack Cops Tracked Murder Suspect.”