Prosecutor: 79-year-old Union City man charged in fatal stabbing


A 79-year-old Union City man has been charged in the fatal stabbing of an unidentified man near the intersection of 3rd Street and Manhattan Avenue Friday evening, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced. 

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

On Friday, at approximately 7:40 p.m., Union City police received a report of an injured or possibly dead man in the area of 3rd Street and Manhattan Avenue in Union City, Suarez said in a statement.

Upon arrival, responding officers found a male victim by the makeshift homes near 3rd Street and Manhattan Avenue as reported. The man, who has not been positively identified, was unresponsive with multiple wounds to his upper torso, police said.

He was pronounced dead at Jersey City Medical Center at approximately 8:55 p.m.

The Medical Examiner has determined the cause of death to be sharp force wounds to the torso and manner of death to be homicide, authorities said.

Following a preliminary investigation, Verdejo Cruz, 79, of Union City, who was located at
the scene, was arrested and charged with aggravated manslaughter, possession of a weapon (knife) for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a weapon, officials said.

Suarez credited the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit and the Union
City Police Department for the arrest.

The Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit continues to investigate this case with assistance from the
Union City Police Department.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the prosecutor’s office at 201-915-1345 or leave an anonymous tip on their website at

All information will be kept confidential.

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