RARITAN, NJ - The two victims of the homicide in Raritan Friday have been identified as a 51-year-old woman and her 15-year-old daughter, both residents of 46 First Avenue, where the murders took place.
According to the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office, the victims have been identified as Sandra Giuseppe and her daughter, Kimberly Streath.
The two were positively identified by the New Jersey Regional Medical Examiner's Office, with the assistance of a forensic odonatologist.
Soriano said the cause and manner of death of Giuseppe was blunt force trauma to the head with a mallet type of hammer and strangulation with a rope.
Soriano said the cause and manner of death of Streath was blunt force trauma to the head with a hammer.
Both deaths, Soriano said, have been ruled as homicides.
Ramon Cadiz, 51, of Raritan, was charged with murder in the deaths of the two, and lodged in the Somerset County Jail with bail set at $2 million.
According to Soriano, Raritan Borough Police responded to 46 First Ave. at about 3:15 p.m. Friday because of reports received regarding concerns for the welfare of the residents in the house. The officers entered the house, Soriano said, and found a homicide victim in the second-floor master bedroom.
An investigation was conducted with detectives from the Raritan Borough Police Department in conjunction with detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office Major Crimes Unit and the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office Crime Scene Investigations and Forensics Unit.
During the investigation, Soriano said, a second homicide victim was found on the first floor of the house.
According to Soriano, Cadiz was identified as a suspect, and a statewide police broadcast was issued for him. Detectives were aided in the search by agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as detectives from the New Brunswick and North Brunswick police departments.
Just before midnight, Soriano said, North Brunswick Police Sgt. Michael Sauvigne found the suspect's vehicle parked in a secluded area in the Colony Oaks Apartment Complex in North Brunswick. Detectives responded, Soriano said, and began surveilling the vehicle and the surrounding area.
At about 4 a.m. Saturday, Soriano said, detectives approached the vehicle and found Cadiz sleeping in the front driver's seat. He was placed under arrest without incident.