Duo charged with 2019 Jersey City fire

The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Regional Arson Task Force has arrested and charged the owners of a Jersey City bodega with aggravated arson for insurance fraud related to a fire that occurred on Princeton Avenue in Jersey City on June 9, 2019.

On Sunday, June 9, 2019 at approximately 6:18 a.m., members of the Jersey City Fire Department responded to a fire alarm at 9 Linden Ave. in Jersey City and noticed smoke coming from the first-floor grocery store La Tribu Minimart at 343 Princeton Ave.

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The building is a three-story, wood-frame-constructed residential building with four units. Heavy smoke was detected at La Tribu Minimart on the first floor.

Firefighters extinguished the fire. The damage was confined to the grocery store.

According to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, Jersey City residents Amado Gonzalez-Abreu, 38, and Francisca Duran-Tejada, 47, were arrested just before 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30,  at the Jersey City Fire Department Headquarters on Marin Boulevard in connection to the fire.

Gonzalez-Abreu and Duran-Tejada are charged as accomplices in committing Aggravated Arson To Collect Insurance for the Destruction or Damage to Property, a crime of the second degree, and Employing a Juvenile for the Commission of a Crime, a crime of the first degree.

Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez credited the Regional Arson Task Force and the Jersey City Fire Department for their work on the investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact the Regional Arson Task Force at (201) 915-1345 or leave an anonymous tip on the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office official website at http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/.

All information will be kept confidential.

The above charges are merely accusations. Gonzalez-Abreu and Duran-Tejada are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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