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 arrested in Hoboken NJ murder September 2013

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

9/18/2013 Update:

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.

Hoboken Homicide at 3rd Jefferson September 10 2013

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013 11:03 pm

The words written by some of the commenters on here is disgusting. For you to judge and speak down upon human beings because of an area they live in, how does that make you sound? … And people need to get their information correct, 3rd & Jefferson is three blocks away from The Hoboken Housing Authority, and these teenagers are from Jersey City. If you people weren’t so judgmental and ignorant, you would know that a lot of people in The HHA are not only family, or friends, but grew up together. And a lot of these robberies, injuries, and murders you speak of actually happen on streets like Washington, Hudson and especially River street.

And I agree with some, for people to think that ANYWHERE in this world is something like “Pleasantville” then you need to wake the hell up !! Crime exist EVERYWHERE! Especially in a town where there’s a bar on every corner and you have a bunch of drunk, Caucasian yuppies. Honestly, that’s what you people need to be afraid of.

joey maxim
joey maxim
Thursday, September 26, 2013 2:33 pm

strange ..of course there teens..but never heard n outcry in regard to a political leader saying the decised is latino and the kids products of negeleted up bringing.? where the
hell is rev all?…This is what the east LA kids do to join a gang from inside sources..???

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 8:35 pm

Blaming a video game?? Come on that is ridiculous

Monday, September 23, 2013 12:28 pm

I would love to serve my jury duty here…. 13 and 14… you should never see day light again. you deserve nothing but brick walls and cages for the rest of your lives.

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