Elizabeth homicide under investigation

A homicide that took place in Elizabeth yesterday is under investigation, Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel, Elizabeth Police Director Earl Graves and Elizabeth Police Chief Giacomo Saccajointly announced Monday.

The deceased victim has been identified as 21-year-old Yonatan Alexander Vasquez-Torres of Elizabeth.

Elizabeth Police Department patrol units responded to the 300 block of Center Street shortly before 3:00 a.m. Sunday in response to a report of an injured male and found Vasquez-Torres at that location, having sustained a fatal stab wound, according to the preliminary investigation.

The investigation into the stabbing is being led by the Union County Homicide Task Force and assisted by members of the Elizabeth Police Department and Union County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit.

Anyone with information about this matter is urged to contact Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Task Force Detective Patrick Bradley at 908-418-2817 or Elizabeth Police Department Detective William Valladares at 908-591-4677.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously by phone at 908-654-TIPS (8477) or online at; submission of tips made in this fashion that result in an indictment and conviction can be eligible for a reward of up to $10,000 via the Union County Crime Stoppers.