UPDATED: Sources: Man fatally stabbed outside of Rumba Cubana in Guttenberg


A man was fatally stabbed outside of the Rumba Cubana Restaurant in Guttenberg yesterday, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced.

Photo via GoFundMe.
Photo via GoFundMe.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Yesterday at approximately 9:45 p.m., Guttenberg police responded to Rumba Cubana, located at 6909 Boulevard East, on a report of a fight, Suarez said in a statement.

Upon arrival, officers found the victim, Antonio Bouza, 28, of Guttenberg, lying on the ground outside of the restaurant with a stab wound to his chest, authorities said.

Emergency Medical Services transported Bouza to Palisades Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at approximately 10:35 p.m., officials said.

The cause and manner of his death are pending an investigation by the Regional Medical Examiner’s Office.

Shortly after the incident, Reidel Carrasco, 22, of West New York, surrendered himself at the Guttenberg Police Department for his alleged involvement in the death of Bouza, police said.

After an initial investigation, members of the Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit arrested Carrasco.

He has been charged with murder, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a weapon, officials said.

Known to his friends as “Tonito” and “Tony El Electrico,” a GoFundMe page was set up to cover the victim’s funeral costs has already raised $3,270 from 55 people in five hours as of 4 p.m.

Their ultimate goal is $4,200.

“Tonito, as we all knew him, Tony el Electrico, unfortunately is no longer with us. We want to help your family in these difficult times in funeral process,” the page description says in Spanish.

“Any donation however small is appreciated and will be a great help at such difficult times. Thank you all. Later we will give the details of when the funeral will be for those who want to attend.”

The Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit continues to investigate this 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.


Editor’s Note: This story has been updated with new information from the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

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