Hudson County Prosecutor's Office Photo of Erick Acosta.

Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez has announced the arrest of 35-year old Erick Acosta of Bayonne, who is charged in connection with the 2020 death of 40-year old Crystal Ojeda in Bayonne.  Suarez says on Wednesday, April 10, 2024, members of the United States Marshals Service New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested Acosta, who had previously been arrested by Colombian authorities on October 22, 2022 pursuant to a U.S. provisional arrest request. 

Acosta was subsequently extradited from Colombia to the United States on Wednesday.

He was taken into custody at Newark Liberty International Airport and is being held at the Hudson County Correctional Facility pending his first court appearance. He faces charges of murder; possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose; unlawful possession of a weapon; and tampering with evidence.

According to a press release from the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office this morning, “On October 9, 2020, shortly before 1 p.m., members of the Bayonne Police Department responded to 30 Lord Avenue to perform a welfare check of a resident. Upon arrival, responding officers found an unresponsive female victim with visible trauma. The victim, later identified as Crystal Ojeda, age 40, of Bayonne, was pronounced dead at approximately 1:55 p.m. The Regional Medical Examiner’s Office determined the Cause of Death to be Blunt Force Trauma to the Head and Body and the Manner of Death to be Homicide.”

In announcing the arrest, Prosecutor Suarez credited the Homicide Unit, United States Marshals Service, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey, with the investigation, and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of International Affairs and Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section’s Judicial Attaché’s Office in Bogota, Colombia, who worked with Colombian authorities to secure the arrest and extradition of Acosta.

Acosta is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.