Hillside man charged with killing girlfriend

A Hillside man has been arrested and charged with killing his girlfriend last week, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Friday.

Emmanuel Dike, 22, is charged with a single count of first-degree murder in connection with the death of 20-year-old Christa Capers of Jersey City.

Hillside Police Department officers responding to a report of an unresponsive female found Capers in an apartment on the 1500 block of Schley Street on Thursday, October 20, according to the investigation. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

A fast-moving investigation involving the Union County Homicide Task Force, Hillside Police Department, Union County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit, and additional municipal police departments resulted in Dike being identified as a suspect in the case. Following an intensive multi-day search spanning multiple states, Dike’s vehicle was located Thursday by a Hillside police officer at a hotel on Routes 1&9 in Newark, after which he was taken into custody.

Bail for Dike was set at $1 million by state Superior Court Judge Frederic R. McDaniel.

The investigation into the death of Capers remains ongoing. Anyone with information about this matter, or anyone who had any contact with Dike during the last week, is being urged to contact Homicide Task Forge Sgt. Johnny Ho at 908-403-8271 or Detective Brendan Sullivan at 908-966-0999.

Convictions on first-degree 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.