Prosecutor: 3 men broke into Kearny woman’s home, sexually assaulted her

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Three Essex County men have been arrested for allegedly breaking into a Kearny woman’s home, demanding money, sexually assaulting her and stealing her car, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced.

From left to right: David Gualteros, Erick Leon-Farinango and Evin Ferman-Argueta. Photos courtesy of Hudson County Prosecutor's Office.
From left to right: David Gualteros, Erick Leon-Farinango and Evin Ferman-Argueta. Photos courtesy of Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

At approximately 7:30 a.m. on December 22, the Kearny Police Department received a
report of a burglary at a residence in the center of town.

Responding officers found a victim who reported that several males entered her apartment demanding money, before sexually assaulting her and then stealing her car, authorities said.

The subsequent investigation conducted by the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special
Victims Unit and the Kearny Police Department, with assistance from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), has led to the arrest of three suspects involved with this home invasion, officials said.

David Gualteros, 21, of Newark, was charged with aggravated sexual assault, kidnapping, robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, theft by unlawful taking, terroristic threats and endangering the welfare of a child, Suarez said in a statement.

Erick Leon-Farinango, 21, of Belleville, was charged with robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, theft by unlawful taking. Additional charges are also expected to be filed, authorities said.

Finally, Evin Ferman-Argueta, 24, of Newark, was charged with aggravated sexual assault, kidnapping, robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, theft by unlawful taking, terroristic threats and endangering the welfare of a child, officials said.

All three men were arrested yesterday in a joint effort between the HCPO, Kearny, Belleville and Newark Police Departments, as well as ICE, police said.

Suarez credited the assisting agencies, which also included the Hillsborough Police Department, for the aid they provided to make the arrests.

The Prosecutor’s SVU is actively investigating the case with assistance from the Kearny Police Department.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Prosecutor’s Special Victims Unit
at 201-915-1234 or to leave an anonymous tip on the prosecutor’s official website at:

http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/.

All information will be keptconfidential.

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