Homicide at 3rd & Jefferson
Three “kids” arrested in murder of Hoboken man
As you might have surmised from the surveillance video shown a few days ago – teenage kids were wanted for the “knockout” killing of Eric Ralph Santiago last week. Three are now under arrest – ages 13 and 14.
Probably because of mind-numbing games like Grand Theft Auto V – which completely desensitize the death of another human being.
3 Juveniles arrested in connection with Hoboken Murder
Hudson County Acting Prosecutor Gaetano T. Gregory announced today the arrests of three male juveniles in connection with the homicide of Ralph Eric Santiago, age 46. On September 10, 2013, Santiago was followed by the three juveniles while walking on 3rd Street between Adams and Jefferson Streets in Hoboken when one of the juveniles threw a punch at Santiago’s head in what detectives now believe was a game of “knockout.” Santiago then collapsed onto an iron fence wedging his neck between two iron fence posts, where he died.
All three of the juveniles are male. Two of the juveniles are 13 years old and one is 14 years old. All three are from Jersey City. Homicide detectives believe they travelled on the Light Rail from Jersey City to Hoboken. Two of the juveniles surrendered to the Prosecutor’s Homicide detectives on Thursday, September 19, 2013, and one of them surrendered today, September 20, 2013. All three have been charged with Murder and have been remanded to the Hudson County Youth Detention Center.
Acting Prosecutor Gregory credited the Hoboken Police Department under the leadership of Chief Anthony Falco, Sr., whose agency assisted in the investigation. The New Jersey Transit Police Department under the leadership of Chief Christopher Trucillo, and Jersey City Police Department under the leadership of Acting Chief Joseph Connors, also assisted in the investigation.
The above charges are merely accusations, and they are presumed innocent until proven guilty. R.P.C. 3.6(b)(6).
“Persons of Interest” video in Hoboken Homicide investigation
Hoboken Police have released this video of three suspected individuals “of interest” regarding last week’s brutal murder of Eric Ralph Santiago near 3rd & Jefferson Streets.
Unfortunately – this video sucks.
Prosecutors called for possible homicide at 3rd & Jefferson
9/11/2013 10:00am Update: Hudson County Prosecutor’s office said the victim has been identified as 46 year old Eric Ralph Santiago, who was homeless at the time.
Hoboken Police got a call at approximately 5:40pm regarding “a body stuck on a fence.” Officers arrived and found the victim in a lifeless condition. His neck was wedged between two iron fence posts, and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Preliminary investigation shows that the victim was followed by 2-3 individuals. One of them approached the victim from behind and struck the victim about the head. That caused him to fall and his neck got wedged in between the fence posts.
Motive at this time is still unknown. Exact injuries/cause of death pending medical examiner report.
Hudson County Prosecutor’s office homicide unit is investigating. All calls will be kept confidential. 201-915-1345
9/10/2013 8:15pm Update: This is looking like an apparent murder. Word on the street is that this man was either punched or struck with a blunt object from behind, hit a fence, then fell to the ground. “Head bashed open.”
9/10/2013 7:30pm: Earlier this evening, Hoboken Police were called to the area near Clock Tower Apartments for a possible homicide at 3rd & Jefferson Streets. Initially the call was for a “man down bleeding from the head,” but turns out he was dead.
Hudson County prosecutors were called in to investigate. It’s uncertain at this point if the man suffered from self-inflicted wounds, or was brutally murdered.