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Man Wanted for Bayonne Murder Arrested in Florida


Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez has announced that the suspect wanted in connection with the fatal stabbing of 29-year-old Mathew Mortimer in Bayonne has been arrested in Florida.

According to Prosecutor Suarez, Elvis Santana, 32, was arrested on an unrelated theft charge in Miami, Florida, on Wednesday, May 25, 2022. 

During the course of the investigation, the Miami-Dade Police Department determined Santana was wanted for a murder that occurred in Bayonne in 2021. 

Prosecutor Suarez said that Santana is currently being held at the Miami-Dade County Turner-Knight Guilford Correctional Facility while awaiting extradition to New Jersey.

Santana is charged with Murder, Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purposes and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon.

According to Prosecutor Suarez, on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, just before 3:30 p.m., members of the Bayonne Police Department responded to 1095 Avenue C between 53rd and 54th Streets in Bayonne on reports of a stabbing.

Responding officers found a male victim in the building vestibule with multiple stab wounds. 

Prosecutor Suarez said that the victim – later identified as Mathew Mortimer, 29, of Bayonne – was transported to Jersey City Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at approximately 4:15 p.m.