Passaic County authorities announced that based upon an investigation by the Totowa Police Department, in conjunction with the Paterson Police Department, the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, the United States Secret Service, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
Authorities said Mr. Ali Gibson, 51, from Totowa; Mr. Ali H. Fisher, 33, from Little Falls; and Ms. Clo Fisher, 50, also from Totowa, were arrested on March 16, in connection to the homicide of Ms. Stephanie DeJesus, who was discovered on February 25, at James Street and Ryerson Avenue in Paterson.
All three defendants are charged with Desecration of Human Remains, second-degree; Hindering Prosecution, third-degree; Tampering with Evidence, fourth-degree; and Obstructing Law, fourth-degree.
Police said at approximately 7:56 a.m. on Friday, February 25, members of the Paterson Police Department were dispatched to the area of James Street and Ryerson Avenue in Paterson in response to a suspicious vehicle.
Upon their arrival, officers located the lifeless body of a female victim DeJesus inside the trunk of the vehicle.
Initially, her injuries appeared to be the result of a gunshot wound, however, following an autopsy, the Medical Examiner determined that the injuries and the cause of death were the result of blunt force trauma.
Ms. DeJesus was pronounced deceased on the scene.
The subsequent investigation revealed that Ali Gibson, Clo Fisher, and Ali Fisher were involved in the disposal of Ms. DeJesus’s body and cover-up of her murder.
Mr. Gibson was processed on the new charges at the Passaic County Jail on March 16, 2022, where he was already detained. Following the filing of charges, Clo Fisher and Ali Fisher surrendered without incident to the Totowa Police Department at approximately 11:00 a.m. on March 16, 2022.
All defendants are currently detained at the Passaic County Jail.
Ali Gibson was originally charged with homicide and conspiracy to commit homicide in connection with Ms. DeJesus’ murder.
However, upon further investigation and the filing of the aforementioned charges, the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office will be moving to dismiss the murder and conspiracy charges against Mr. Gibson.
Criminal complaints are merely accusations. Despite these accusations, defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office asks anyone with additional information about this incident to contact us on our tips line at 1-877-370-PCPO or email@example.com or contact the Paterson Police Detective Bureau at 973-321-1120.