Elizabeth man charged with murder for asphyxiation death of 73-year-old

An Elizabeth man has been arrested in connection with the December 2016 asphyxiation death of a 73-year-old, acting Union County Prosecutor Thomas K. Isenhour announced Tuesday.

Juan Montijo, 55, was taken into custody without incident on Monday and charged with the murder of William Green of Elizabeth.

On Friday, December 23, 2016, members of the Elizabeth Police Department responded to an apartment on the 1200 block of Clinton Place in Elizabeth and found Green, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

A long-term investigation involving the Union County Homicide Task Force, Elizabeth Police Department, Union County Sheriff’s Office, and Union County Medical Examiner’s Office determined that Green had died of homicidal asphyxia. Following numerous interviews and the examination of physical evidence, Montijo was subsequently identified as a suspect in the case.

Anyone with information about this matter still is being urged to contact Homicide Task Force Sgt. Michael Manochio at 908-966-2287 or Sgt. Johnny Ho at 908-403-8271.