Weehawken man charged with killing his girlfriend after SWAT apprehends him in Union City


A Weehawken man has been charged with killing his girlfriend after the Hudson County Regional SWAT Team apprehended him at a family member’s home in Union City where he was found with self-inflicted wounds, authorities said.

Joseph Palacios. Photo courtesy of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Joseph Palacios, 22, was arrested just before 10 p.m. last night after he barricaded himself in an apartment of a family member at 112 33rd Street in Union City threatening to harm himself, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said in a statement.

Palacios was charged with murder, possession of a weapon (knife) for unlawful purposes, and unlawful possession of a weapon.

On Saturday, June 19, 2021 at approximately 6:00 p.m., the Weehawken Police Department responded medical emergency at 561 Hudson Ave, apartment 1.

Upon entry, officers discovered a woman, later identified as Michelle Paola Castillo Siguencia, 24, in an apparent lifeless condition in the bathroom. She was pronounced dead at 6:48 p.m.

The cause and manner of death are pending the findings of the Regional Medical Examiner.

While Weehawken police were on the scene, they received reports the Palacios, the suspect in the crime, had barricaded himself in an apartment of a family member in Union City.

The Hudson County Regional SWAT team was activated, made entry to the home and Palacios was taken into custody and transported to the Jersey City Medical Center for self inflicted wounds.

Suarez credited the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit, the Hudson
County Regional SWAT Team, the Weehawken Police Department, and the Union City Police
Department for the investigation and arrest.