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Man arrested in connection with fatal stabbing in Plainfield

A Plainfield man has been arrested and charged in connection with a fatal stabbing that took place in the city Friday morning, Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel and Plainfield Police Director James T. Abney jointly announced Monday.

Marcelo IxcunaCastro, 52, is charged with second-degree manslaughter and related third- and fourth-degree weapons offenses.

Shortly before 1:30 am on Friday, January 28, members of the Plainfield Police Department responded to the 500 block of W Front Street and found the victim, Jose Maria Ixcuna-Chach, 37, of Plainfield, at that location having sustained fatal injury, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutor Robert Grady, who is prosecuting the case. Ixcuna-Chach was subsequently pronounced dead at the scene.

IxcunaCastro was transported to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries before being released into custody without incident. He is currently being held in the Essex County Jail pending a first appearance.

The investigation has been led by the Union County Homicide Task Force and the Plainfield Police Department, with assistance from theUnion County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit and the Department of Homeland Security.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Task Force Sergeant Christopher Scuorzo at 908-472-0492, Detective Michael Tambini at 908-472-401, or Plainfield Police Detective D. Alston at 908-753-3360.

Convictions on second-degree charges are commonly punishable by terms of 5 to 10 years in state prison.

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