County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Director Anthony A. Caputo of the New
Brunswick Police Department announce today that two men from New Brunswick have
been arrested and charged in the death of a 36-year old man whose body was
found in the basement of an abandoned residence in the city last week.
Carlos Chavez-Amaya, 36, and Jorge Barrios, 28, both of New Brunswick were
arrested today and charged with one count of first degree murder and one count
of endangering an injured victim in the third degree.
and Barrios were charged following an investigation by the New Brunswick Police
Department and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.
investigation began when the victim’s body was discovered in an abandoned
residence on Welton Street on April 5, 2019, at approximately 9:59 am.
victim was later identified as Lucas Reyes-Cardona, 36 of New Brunswick; his
death was ruled a homicide by the Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office,
caused by blunt force trauma to the head.
investigation is active and continuing. Anyone with information is asked to
call Detective Erika DiMarcello of the New Brunswick Police Department at (732)
745-5200, or Detective Grace Brown of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office
at (732) 745-3373.
is the case with all criminal investigations, the charges against Chavez-Amaya
and Barrios are merely accusations and they are presumed innocent until proven