Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez has announced that a 16-year-old male has been charged in the death of a 40-year-old Jersey City man who was found deceased in his apartment last week following a welfare check.
According to officials, the teen has been charged as a juvenile with Murder, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon. The teen was arrested on Thursday, May 6, at approximately 3:30 p.m. at the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.
According to police, on Tuesday, April 27, just after 1:30 a.m., members of the Jersey City Police Department responded on a welfare check to an apartment at 44 Storms Avenue, between Howard Place and Monticello Avenue.
Police said that the responding officers found a lifeless 40-year-old male victim, later identified as Benjamin Stone, who was pronounced deceased at 2:01 a.m.
Officials said that the Regional Medical Examiner ruled the cause of death to be multiple blunt force trauma to the torso and the manner of death to be homicide.
The defendant has been transferred to the Morris County Juvenile Detention Center in Morris Township.