Prosecutor: Two Jersey City bodega owners charged with aggravated arson

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Two Jersey City bodega owners have been charged with aggravated arson after starting a fire at their business back on June 9th, 2019 for insurance fraud purposes, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced.

Francisca Duran-Tejada and Amado Gonzalez-Abreu. Photos courtesy of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Amado Gonzalez-Abreu, 38, and Francisca Duran-Tejada, 47, of Jersey City, were
arrested just before 8 p.m. yesterday at the Jersey City Public Safety Headquarters on Marin Boulevard.

Gonzalez-Abreu and Duran-Tejada are charged as accomplices in committing aggravated
arson/to collect insurance for the destruction or damage to property and employing a juvenile for the commission of a crime.

On Sunday, June 9th, 2019 at approximately 6:18 a.m., members of the Jersey City Fire
Department responded to a fire alarm at 9 Linden Ave. and noticed smoke coming from the first floor store at 343 Princeton Ave.

The building is a three-story, wood-frame constructed residential building with four units. At the scene, heavy smoke was detected at a first floor grocery store, the La Tribu Minimart.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire at the scene and fire damage was confined to the grocery store, which is owned by Gonzalez-Abreu and Duran-Tejada.

Suarez credited the Regional Arson Task Force and the Jersey City Fire Department
for their work on the investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact the Regional Arson Task Force at (201) 915-1345 or leave an anonymous tip on the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office official website at http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/.

All information will be kept confidential.

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