Passaic County authorities announce that based upon an investigation by the Paterson Police Department, in conjunction with the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, the United States Secret Service, the United States Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Kristian Gonzalez, 25, from Lyndhurst, was arrested on April 14, in connection to the homicide that took place on December 2, 2021 at 661 East 24th Street.
Police say Mr. Gonzalez is charged with Murder, first degree; Possession of a Handgun for an Unlawful Purpose, second degree; Unlawful Possession of a Handgun, second degree; Receiving Stolen Property, third degree; and Tampering with Evidence, fourth degree.
At approximately 8:18 p.m. on December 2, 2021, members of the Paterson Police Department responded to the area of 661 East 24th Street on a report of a shooting. Upon their arrival, officers located 25-year-old Jasmin Wel of Paterson.
Ms. Wel had sustained gunshot wounds and was transported to Saint Joseph’s University Medical Center where she was pronounced deceased a short time later.
Detectives located a suspected crime scene outside of 661 East 24th Street.
The subsequent investigation revealed that Mr. Gonzalez, was one of the individuals responsible for the murder of Ms. Wel. Mr. Gonzalez was arrested, without incident, on April 14, 2022 at approximately 9:00 a.m. by the Paterson Police Department, in conjunction with the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, the United States Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force and the FBI, at a residence on East 30th Street in the City of Paterson.
The State has filed a motion for pretrial detention that will be heard by a Superior Court Judge.
A criminal complaints is merely an accusation. Despite these accusations, the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
The investigation remains active and ongoing.
More information will be released once it becomes available.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Paterson Police Detective Bureau at 973-321-1120.