Hoboken man pronounced dead after Jersey City assault

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Joshua Espada was arrested and charged with aggravated assault.
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Joshua Espada was arrested and charged with aggravated assault.

HOBOKEN– According to a press release from the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, Hoboken resident Luis Rivera, age 38, was pronounced dead on Oct. 21 at approximately 4:10 a.m. after being the victim of an apparent assault.

On Oct. 20 at approximately 3 a.m., Jersey City Police Officers were dispatched to the area of First Street and Marin Boulevard in Jersey City on a report of a street fight. Upon arrival, officers found an unresponsive Rivera lying with apparent facial wounds on the ground at that location.

Rivera was treated at the scene by Emergency Medical Services before being transported to the Jersey City Medical Center and later pronounced dead at approximately 4:10 a.m. on Oct. 21. The cause and manner of death have yet to be determined by the Regional Medical Examiner’s Office.

On Oct. 21, a warrant was issued for the arrest of a 29-year-old Jersey City resident.

He was charged with aggravated assault and arrested at 6:30 a .m. on Oct. 23.

He was transported to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office in Jersey City to process his arrest and then to the Hudson County Correctional Facility in Kearny where he will remain until his first court appearance.

Prosecutor Suarez credited the investigation and arrest to the Jersey City Police Department and members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit.

The Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit and the Jersey City Police Department are actively investigating the case.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office at (201) 915-1345 or to leave an anonymous tip on the Prosecutor’s Office official website at: http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/. All information will be kept confidential.