Following the apparent homicide of 19-year-old Union City resident Steven Flores on Dec. 23, the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office (HCPO) announced that a suspect was arrested on Jan. 4 at 8:30 a.m.
Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez reported that the suspect, an 18-year-old West New York man, was arrested at 595 Newark Ave. in Jersey City, by members of the HCPO Homicide Unit. The defendant was charged as a juvenile, and his name was not released, because he was 17 years old at the time of Flores’s death.
The defendant was charged with murder, aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a firearm, and possession of a firearm for unlawful purpose. The Prosecutor’s Office credited the Homicide Unit, as well as the police departments of West New York, Union City, and North Bergen for assisting in the investigation.
On Sunday, Dec. 23, shortly after 12 a.m., the West New York Police Department received a report of shots fired in the area of 61st Street and Park Avenue. Upon arriving at that location, responding officers found Flores with an apparent gunshot wound to his upper body. He was pronounced dead at approximately 1 a.m.
The Regional Medical Examiner’s Office determined that the cause of death was a gunshot wound to his upper neck, and the manner of death to be a homicide.
A second victim who sustained non-life threatening injuries was also found at the scene. He was transported by Emergency Medical Services to the hospital.
The above charges are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
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