ELIZABETH, NJ - An Elizabeth man has been found guilty by a Union County Jury for the killing of his girlfriend on Easter Sunday two years ago, and fleeing the state with their infant daughter, says Union County Prosecutor’s Office Investigations Supervisor John Esmerado.
Following a two-week trial before state Superior Court Judge Lisa Miralles Walsh and jury deliberations that spread across three days, a verdict of guilty was delivered Friday against 35-year-old Arturo Alomas for the murder of 26-year-old Trenice Johnson.
Police responded to the Mravlag Manor housing complex in Elizabeth at approximately 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 27, 2016. Upon arrival, officers found Johnson dead in her apartment, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutor Armando Suarez, who prosecuted the case. An autopsy conducted the next day by the Union County Medical Examiner’s Office determined that the cause of Johnson’s death was manual neck compression, with the manner of death determined to be a homicide, Suarez said.
Authorities said a swift-moving joint investigation involving the Union County Homicide Task Force, Elizabeth Police Department, Union County Sheriff’s Office Identification Unit, North Carolina State Highway Patrol, and Rowan County (North Carolina) Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division resulted in Alomas being identified as a suspect in the case.
Police say Alomas was arrested later on the day of the homicide and charged with multiple criminal and traffic offenses after eluding police in North Carolina following an attempted traffic stop and his 2-month-old daughter was found unharmed in the vehicle during the course of his arrest.
Alomas remained lodged in Union County Jail on $1 million bail while awaiting trial. Having seven prior indictable convictions on crimes including robbery, burglary, theft, eluding police, and aggravated assault, authorities say he will be subject to a term of up to life in state prison upon sentencing, which is tentatively scheduled for Friday, October 12, 2018.