Detention Hearing on Hold for Perth Amboy Man Charged with Murder

Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey announced today that the detention hearing for a Perth Amboy man who was returned to New Jersey to face murder and weapons charges has been put on hold.   According to authorities, Arun Aftab, 34, of Perth Amboy was charged, with murder, possession of a weapon, and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose in the shooting of his sister, Urooj Aftab, 32, of Perth Amboy.   Officials say Aftab was scheduled today for a detention hearing before Superior Court Judge Michael A. Toto. Upon request from his attorney, the Judge ordered an evaluation of the defendant and the matter was rescheduled for September 14th.   A complaint warrant was signed for Arun Aftab on October 30, 2017 and he was apprehended by the Canadian Border Patrol as he was trying to enter Canada with a handgun.   According to authorities, he was originally filed for asylum and fought his extradition back to New Jersey. He eventually changed his mind, waived extradition and voluntarily returned to New Jersey to face the murder and weapons charges.  Arun Aftab is currently being held in the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center pending his evaluation.   The investigation is active and is continuing.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Frank Cristiano of the Perth Amboy Police Department at (732) 324-3837, or Detective David Abromaitis of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-4436.   As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Aftab are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.