Prosecutor: Man wanted for fatal Bayonne stabbing arrested for theft charge in Miami


A man wanted for a fatal Bayonne stabbing was arrested for a theft charge in Miami at the end of last month, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced.

Elvis Santana. Photo courtesy of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Elvis Santana, 32, was arrested on an unrelated theft charge in Miami, Florida, on Wednesday, May 25th.

During the course of the investigation, the Miami-Dade Police Department determined Santana was wanted for a murder that occurred in Bayonne in 2021.

Santana is currently being held at the Miami-Dade County Turner-Knight Guilford Correctional Facility while awaiting extradition to New Jersey.

He is charged with murder, possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, and unlawful possession of a weapon.

On Tuesday, March 2, 2021, just before 3:30 p.m., members of the Bayonne Police Department responded to 1095 Avenue C between 53rd and 54th Streets on reports of a stabbing.

Responding officers found a male victim in the building vestibule with multiple stab wounds.

The victim – later identified as Mathew Mortimer, 29, of Bayonne – was transported to Jersey City Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at approximately 4:15 p.m.

Suarez credited the Miami-Dade Police Department with the arrest and the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit with the investigation.

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