Prosecutor: 38-year-old Hoboken man dies after being badly beaten in Jersey City

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A 38-year-old Hoboken man after succumbing to injuries he sustained after being badly beaten in Jersey City, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced. 

Josh Espada. Photo courtesy of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

On Saturday, at approximately 3:00 a.m., Jersey City police were dispatched to
the area of 1st Street and Marin Boulevard on a report of a street fight, Suarez said in a statement.

Upon arrival, officers found an unresponsive male lying on the ground with facial wounds. The man, who was identified as Luis Rivera, 38, of Hoboken, was treated at the scene by Emergency Medical Services before being transported to the Jersey City Medical Center, authorities said.

Rivera was pronounced dead at approximately 4:10 a.m. on October 21st. The cause and
manner of death are pending determination by the Regional Medical Examiner’s Office.

The initial investigation revealed that Rivera was assaulted at that location. On October 21st, a warrant was issued for the arrest of Joshua Espada, 29, of Jersey City. Espada was charged with aggravated assault, a second-degree crime, officials said.

Then today, shortly after 6:30 a.m., Espada was arrested without incident by members
of the Jersey City Police Department on Academy Street.

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, police said.

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 their official website at:
http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/.

All information will be kept confidential.