The Union County Prosecutor’s Office
32 Rahway Avenue   Elizabeth, NJ 07202
Theodore J. Romankow
Prosecutor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 11, 2010

Contact: John Holl
(908) 527-4621 jholl@ucnj.org

Ruben Acosta faces charges in Union County

 
On Thursday afternoon, the police charged Ruben Acosta DOB: 8/30/1973 with 1st Degree Kidnapping and 1st Degree Robbery stemming from a Feb 1, 2010 incident on Caroline Avenue.

Authorities have charged a Hudson County man with committing a home invasion robbery in Linden earlier this year, announced Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow.

On Thursday afternoon, the police charged Ruben Acosta DOB: 8/30/1973 with 1st Degree Kidnapping and 1st Degree Robbery stemming from a Feb 1, 2010 incident on Caroline Avenue.

Acosta was arrested by Hudson County authorities last week in connection with the case of two Union City residents who were killed inside an apartment, dismembered and left in several trash bags on a curb in Linden in April. When he was arrested authorities discovered a 9mm handgun, a fake New York Police Department badge, handcuffs and $6,000 in cash, said Romankow.

An investigation revealed that the gun found in Acosta’s possession was stolen during the Caroline Avenue robbery. During that robbery, a victim reported that the suspect used handcuffs and a duct tape to bind and blindfold her. The suspect in that robbery also identified himself as a police officer and had a badge around his neck when he first knocked on the front door.

Acosta is currently being held on $750,000 bail in Hudson County and yesterday Union County Superior Judge Stuart Peim ordered Acosta held on an additional $1m bail in relation to the robber and kidnapping charges.

This remains an active investigation anyone with information is urged to contact Linden Police Department Detective John Johnston at 908-474-8500.

 

These criminal charges are mere accusations.
The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.