OFFICE OF THE
UNION COUNTY
PROSECUTOR
FOR EMERGENCIES, DIAL 911 Immediately 

Andrew K. RuOTOLO, JR. Justice CENTER
32 Rahway Avenue, elizabeth, NJ 07202

908-527-4500    ucpo@ucnj.org
Michael A. Monahan
Acting Prosecutor

Press Release

For Immediate Release: January 1, 2018

A Plainfield man accused of fatally stabbing his roommate following an argument shortly before midnight on New Year’s Eve has been located and arrested.

Darin Jose Cano Vasquez, 23, is charged with murder and related weapons offenses in connection with the death of 43-year-old Alejandros Cadena-Toapanta.

At approximately 11:45 p.m. on Sunday, December 31, 2017, Plainfield Police Division patrol units responding to the 600 block of West Front Street found Cadena-Toapanta on the front lawn of a residence suffering from multiple stab wounds. He was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

A fast-moving investigation involving the Union County Homicide Task Force, Plainfield Police Division, and Union County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit quickly resulted in Vasquez being identified as a suspect, and he was taken into custody without incident in Plainfield earlier today pending a first appearance in Superior Court later this week. 

Anyone with information about this homicide still is being urged to contact Homicide Task Force Sgt. Johnny Ho at 908-403-8271.

Convictions on murder charges are commonly punishable by 30 years to life in state prison.

These criminal charges are mere accusations. Each defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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