Calling the death of 45-year-old Carolina Cano a “stranger on stranger attack,” Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop reaffirmed Monday the increased security measures at Lincoln and other parks would continue on a precautionary basis.
Cano, whose roommate says she was a 45-year-old nanny for a family in Passaic County, was found dead March 24 in the lake in Lincoln Park. Cano, who was wearing sneakers at the time, did not appear to be in the water long, investigators have said. Her roommate told News 4 that she went out to exercise around 5:30 a.m. that Sunday morning and never came home.
“She was a working woman, a good woman,” her roommate said. “She didnt bother anyone. She was a woman that was always with God, thats how she lived. She was really a beautiful woman. She had a very beautiful heart.”
New Jersey man charged in murder of jogger Carolina Cano, who was found strangled in park
A week later, on Sunday, March 31, authorities announced a 33-year-old man named Jorge Rios, also of Jersey City, had been charged with murder, kidnapping and aggravated assault in the death of Cano. Investigators said surveillance video was crucial in making the arrest, though didnt immediately provide additional information on how she died.
Meanwhile, jurors in the New York City borough of Queens are expected to begin deliberations Monday in the retrial of Chanel Lewis, 22, who was charged with the 2016 rape and murder of jogger Karina Vetrano.
Rios was being held at Hudson County Correctional Facility in Kearny. It wasnt immediately clear whether he had an attorney.
Canos roommate told News 4 that the dead womans entire family lives in Peru and that she and they were absolutely devastated by her death.
A New Jersey man has been arrested in connection with the sexual assault and murder of a woman found dead in a park lake last month, prosecutors said.
“It has affected us so much because it happened so suddenly,” the roommate said. “It didnt happen because she was sick, it happened from one moment to the next. “She was like family because Ive known her since she was a little girl.”
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“She was a working woman, a good woman,” her roommate added. “She didn’t bother anyone. She was a woman that was always with God, that’s how she lived. She was really a beautiful woman. She had a very beautiful heart.”
JERSEY CITY — Authorities have arrested and charged a city man for the murder of a woman in Lincoln Park, officials with the Hudson County Prosecutors Office said.
\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\t\t(Hudson County Prosecutors Office) Jorge Rios, 33, in a police handout photo taken, March 31, 2019.\n\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\n\nRios was charged with murder, kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault, Suarez said in a statement following the arrest.\n
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Members with the HCPOs Homicide Task Force early Sunday morning arrested Jorge Rios, of Jersey City, for the murder of Carolina Cano.
\nJorge Rios, 33, of Jersey City, was taken into custody by members of the Hudson County Prosecutors Office Homicide Task Force as a suspect in the killing Carolina Cano, who was found dead in Lincoln Park in Jersey City, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced on Twitter.\n
The Jersey City woman was found dead in the lake in Lincoln Park, east of Route 1&9 near the tennis courts, on Sunday, March 24. Authorities say she was kidnapped and sexually assaulted prior to her death.
Rios, 33, has been charged with murder, kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault, authorities said. He was transported to the Hudson County Correctional Facility in Kearny.
The 45-year-old nanny went for a jog about 5:30 a.m. last Sunday and never returned home, Cano’s roommate told NBC New York. By 7:30 a.m., authorities found Cano’s body in the park’s lake, not far from where she lived, and she was pronounced dead two hours later.
Authorities found Canos body last Sunday in the lake in Lincoln Park just after 7:30 a.m. The Regional Medical Examiners Office determined the cause of death to be from “strangulation and water submersion.”
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Cano, 45, lived two blocks away from Lincoln Park on Gautier Avenue. Law enforcement sources said she was believed to have been jogging.
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Residents in the park were relieved to hear of the arrest, but said the incident was shocking. Canos murder has prompted calls from residents for additional security in the park.
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Phil Taino and Cesar Realista have been playing tennis in the park for years — not far from where Canos body was found in the park.
A New Jersey man was arrested Sunday in the death of a nanny who was found slain in a park near where she lived after going for a jog last week, prosecutors said.
They said they thought the park has gotten safer over the years with all of the cameras — and there are a lot of police patrols going around.
Realista said he thinks additional security is needed, and added that “theres not enough lighting around here.”
Jersey City Mayor Steven Fullop is making his first comments on the murder in Lincoln Park since police arrested a man in connection to the death of a woman who was killed while jogging.
Khalid Muhammad, a lifelong resident of Jersey City who has been jogging in Lincoln Park for more than 25 years, called the park a “sanctuary” for joggers and residents looking to escape the urban environment.
According to prosecutors, the suspect has been identified as Jorge Rios, 33, of Jersey City. He is facing charges of murder, kidnapping and sexual assault.
Freeholder Bill ODea and Jersey City Councilwoman Mira Prinz-Arey, who represent the West Side, plan to host a meeting Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Gallo Center to discuss the homicide and talk about security measures at the park.
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