Prosecutor: West New York teen arrested for murder of Union City man


An 18-year-old West New York teen was arrested for the murder of a Union City man that occurred last month, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced. 

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

On Friday, January 4th at approximately 8:30 a.m., an 18-year-old male from West New
York was arrested for the murder of Steven Flores.

He was arrested without incident at 595 Newark Avenue in Jersey City by members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit.

The defendant, who was 17-years-old at the time of the murder, was charged as a juvenile and his name is being withheld at this time, officials said.

The defendant has been charged with murder, possession of a weapon (firearm) for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a weapon (firearm) and aggravated assault, authorities said.

Suarez credited the Homicide Unit for the investigation and arrest as well as the West
New York Police Department, the Union City Police Department and the North Bergen Police
Department for assisting with the investigation.

On Sunday, December 23rd, 2018, shortly after midnight, the West New York Police Department received a report of shots fired in the area of 61st Street and Park Avenue in West New York, police said.

Upon arrival at that location, responding West New York Police Officers found Flores, 19, of Union City, with an apparent gunshot wound to his upper body. He was pronounced dead at approximately 1:00 a.m., authorities said.

The Regional Medical Examiner’s Office has determined the Cause of Death to be a gunshot
wound to the neck and the Manner of Death to be homicide.

A second victim who suffered non-life threatening injuries was also found at the scene. He was transported by Emergency Medical Services to the hospital, officials said.

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