Benny Pichardo Santos Arias is in custody on charges that he killed Esmeralda Cedeno
A man is in custody after authorities say he stabbed and killed a 20-year-old woman who was six months pregnant.
Benny Pichardo Santos Arias, 25, of Perth Amboy, is charged with first-degree murder, hindering his own apprehension and a weapons charge, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey said in a news statement.
Santos Arias is accused of attacking Esmeralda Cedeno just after 9 p.m. Thursday at the corner of Sayre Avenue and Steadman Place in Perth Amboy.
Cedeno was taken to Raritan Bay Medical Center in the city and pronounced dead from her injuries. Her child did not survive the attack.
The prosecutor’s office did immediately say if Cedeno and Arias knew each other.
Santos Arias was arrested and charged Friday. He is at the Middlesex County Correction Center in North Brunswick before a detention hearing.
Anyone with information about the incident can contact Perth Amboy Detective Frank Cristiano at 732-324-3800 or prosecutor’s Detective Erik Larsen at 732-745-3263.
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