Jersey City holds safety meeting following killing of jogger – News 12 New Jersey

Jersey City holds safety meeting following killing of jogger - News 12 New Jersey
Suspect in the rape and strangle of New Jersey nanny is illegal migrant from Honduras
County and local officials held a community safety meeting in Jersey City Tuesday in an attempt to calm public fears in the wake of a killing in a city park.

Officials held the meeting at the Gallo Center, just across the parking lot from the lake where 45-year-old Carolina Cano’s body was found in a lake in Lincoln Park. Officials say that she was killed by 33-year-old Jorge Rios while she was out for an early morning jog.

“This park is safe. It was safe and it will be safe in the future,” said Hudson County Executive Bill DeGise.

Hudson County Freehold Bill O’Dea says that there are plans in place to make the park safe with increased security.

“It’s a beautiful park, a safe park and we want people to know all the steps we are taking to keep it that way,” said O’Dea.

Plans include starting a citizen park patrol earlier in the year. The patrols will start next week, as opposed to waiting until Memorial Day. New lighting will be installed, along with additional and more advanced security cameras.

“Jersey City police, corrections, prosecutor, sheriff’s office – our officers work very hard every day to keep every safe in Hudson County,” said Sheriff Frank Schillari.

Some Jersey City residents also made recommendations, including installing emergency call stations and a neighborhood watch-type of program. Those who came to this meeting said that they still have concerns. But between news of an arrest in the killing at the lake and open communication with those meant to keep them safe, they say that it eases some of their fears.

“I didn’t go to the park for about a week. Today was the first day I went back to the park,” said Gloria Mandurville. “Now you’ll partner up with other people.”

The sheriff also suggests partnering up when going to the park. He also suggests that jogger take out their earphones so that they are more aware of their surroundings.

The man arrested in the rape and strangulation of a New Jersey nanny is a Honduran national illegally present in the U.S., it has been revealed.  

Jorge Rios, 33, was arrested in a raid early on Sunday at his home in Jersey City and charged with felony murder, kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault in the killing of Carolina Cano.  

Cano was found dead in a lake in Lincoln Park on March 24 after police say she was kidnapped and sexually assaulted. 

Cano was a native of Peru and lived a few blocks from the park, according to WACB-TV, which first reported Rios immigration status. 

Carolina Cano, 45, who was living in Jersey City, was found dead in the lake in Lincoln Park not far from where she lived on March 24 at around 7.30am

The lake in Lincoln Park, (pictured), where Cano was found is surrounded by running trails, roads and tennis courts

Cano, who worked as a nanny, was wearing sneakers when she was found and detectives do not believe that she had been in the water for long.

Her roommate told News 4 that she went out to exercise around 5.30am, as she did most mornings, and never returned home.

The woman, who did not give her name, said: It has affected us so much because it happened so suddenly. 

She was a working woman, a good woman. She didnt bother anyone. She was a woman that was always with God, thats how she lived. 

The roommate claimed that Cano did not have a boyfriend and came to the U.S. alone. She worked as a nanny, possibly for a family in Passaic County. 

Police at the scene of Carolina Canos death. Police sources said the medical examiner found marks consistent with strangulation

Police sources told News 4 the medical examiner found marks consistent with strangulation, but those marks were not obvious when her body was first recovered. 

Detectives are looking for security video to see if they can make progress on the case. No arrests have been made yet and further details on the investigation have not been released. 

My wife, she call the hospital. everybody was looking for her, you know. Desperately, he told News 4. 

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