PARSIPPANY, NJ – Two Parsippany residents have been arrested on charges in California following the discovery of a dead man in an Old Bloomfield Road-area residence in Parsippany in September of 2019, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office announced.

Police responded to the house on Sept. 9, 2019 and discovered Jaime Lopez-Basilio’s body. Two residents of the home, Rogelio Laureano-Gonzalez and Cirilo Rojas-Paulino, could not be immediately located during the death investigation. Subsequent investigation by law enforcement led to the apprehension of both men in California. The prosecutor’s office believes that Laureano-Gonzalez struck Lopez-Basilio in the head causing Lopez-Basilio’s death, and Laureano-Gonzalez and Rojas-Paulino fled New Jersey following the death to avoid investigation, apprehension, or prosecution related to Lopez-Basilio’s death.

Laureano-Gonzalez, age 25, has been charged by warrant-complaint with second degree manslaughter, as well as second and third degree charges of hindering own apprehension or prosecution in connection to the incident. He remains detained in custody pursuant to the New Jersey Criminal Justice Reform Act.

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Rojas-Paulino, age 25, has been charged separately by way of indictment with third degree hindering apprehension or prosecution of another and fourth degree obstructing administration of law in connection with the incident. He remains detained in custody pursuant to the New Jersey Criminal Justice Reform Act.

If anyone has any information related to this investigation, they are encouraged to call the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6200, or the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department at 973-263-4300.

The charges and allegations contained in a criminal complaint and/or indictment are merely accusations. Despite these accusations, the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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