Plainfield Man Charged with Murder in Connection with Fatal Strangulation

A Plainfield man has been arrested and charged in connection with the fatal strangulation of a young woman earlier this week, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Plainfield Police Director Lisa Burgess jointly announced Friday.

Bryan H. Gonzalez-Martines, 20, is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the asphyxiation death of a female victim.

On the morning of Monday, July 6, 2020, officers from the Plainfield Police Division reported to a residence on the 700 block of Kensington Ave in Plainfield to conduct a requested welfare check. There, they discovered the unresponsive female and contacted the Union County Homicide Task Force.

“The investigation and collaboration by the Homicide Task Force, the Union County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit, the Plainfield Police Division, and the United States Marshals Service resulted in the successful arrest of Gonzalez-Martines on July 7, 2020. We are grateful to all of our partner agencies for their many contributions in this arrest,” stated acting Prosecutor Ruotolo.

Anyone with information on this matter is urged to contact Sergeant Scuorzo at 908-527-4152 or Detective Kirsch at 908-527-4201.

Convictions on charges of this nature are commonly punishable by sentences of thirty years to life in state prison.

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