Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez has released the following information:
On March 28, 2018, shortly after 10:15 p.m., the Guttenberg Police Department received a report of a person on the ground on 70th Street between Broadway and Hudson Avenue in Guttenberg. Upon arrival, responding Guttenberg Police Officers observed a male in distress lying on the ground.
The man, who has since been identified as Sebastian Aguilar, age 36, of Guttenberg, was treated at the scene before being transported by Emergency Medical Services to Palisades Medical Center where he was treated for his life-threatening injuries.
On March 29, 2018, at approximately 7:40 a.m., Aguilar was pronounced dead at Palisades Medical Center. The cause and manner of death are pending an investigation by the Regional Medical Examiner’s Office.
A preliminary investigation has revealed that Aguilar was assaulted by multiple assailants while walking through the neighborhood. Two of the alleged assailants, a 14-year-old juvenile and a 15-year-old juvenile, were identified and charged for their involvement in this incident.
The juveniles have each been charged by the Guttenberg Police Department with one count of Aggravated Assault in violation of N.J.S. 2C:12-1 and one count of Endangering an Injured Victim in violation of N.J.S. 2C:12-1.2. Additional charges are expected to be filed. The investigation is ongoing and additional assailants are being sought.
Prosecutor Suarez credited the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit and the Guttenberg Police Department for the investigation and arrests.
The Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit continues to actively investigate the case with assistance from
the Guttenberg Police Department. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor at 201-915-1345 or to leave an anonymous tip on the Prosecutor’s website at: http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/ . All information will be kept confidential.
The above charges are merely accusations, and the juveniles are presumed innocent until proven guilty. R.P.C.3.6(b)(6).