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West New York man arrested in probe of other man’s death

Wilfredo Flores has been arrested in connection with the death of Jose Cepeda

A WNY police vehicle responds to an unrelated call. Screenshot of footage by Demonracer Fire Photography.

Authorities are probing a death in West New York, according to Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez.

The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit and the West New York Police Department are investigating the death of a 34-year-old man.

On Wednesday, December 28, 2022, at approximately 11:35 p.m., the West New York Police Department was notified of an injured male in the area of 60th Street and JFK Boulevard East.

Responding officers located the lifeless body of a male, later identified as 34-year-old Jose Cepeda of West New York, with visible injuries to his upper body. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:23 a.m. on Thursday, December 29, 2022.

The Cause and Manner of Death are pending the findings of the Regional Medical Examiner’s Office.

During a subsequent investigation, the Homicide Unit arrested and charged 36-year-old Wilfredo Flores of West New York, with one count of second-degree Aggravated Assault.

The charge stems from an interaction between Cepeda and Flores on (or about) Tuesday, December 27, 2022. Additional charges may be forthcoming.

The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit and the West New York Police Department are actively investigating this case. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor at 201-915-1345 or to leave an anonymous tip at hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip.

All information will be kept confidential. The above charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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