PATERSON, NJ- Two Prospect Park men were due in court on Saturday to face charges related to the murder of Jorge Alfaro Alcalde, 26, also of Prospect Park, in Paterson’s Westside Park in April. Alcalde’s body was found floating in the Passaic River on May 1.
According to Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Paterson Police Chief Troy Oswald the two charged are Luis Salas, 27, and Jonathan Cristobal, 23. Both men were arrested without incident on Friday and are charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder.
An investigation conducted by the Paterson Police Department, in conjunction with the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, determined that the victim, reported missing by his family on April 1, had gone to the park with his friends and that Salas and Cristobal went to the park to confront him. Upon locating Alfaro-Alcalde, the statement reads, Salas and Cristobal assaulted him and threw his body in the river.
On May 1 the police were notified that a body, later recovered with the assistance of the Paterson Fire Department, was observed in the Passaic River at approximately 1:40 p.m. A subsequent autopsy identified the remains as Alfaro-Alcalde’s.
The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office asks anyone with additional information about this incident to contact them on their tips line at 1-877-370-PCPO or firstname.lastname@example.org or to contact the Paterson Police Detective Bureau at 973-321-1120.