Elizabeth man charged with first degree murder

An Elizabeth man was arrested and charged Sunday evening in a bludgeoning death that took place early Sunday morning, Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel, Elizabeth Police Director Earl J. Graves, and Elizabeth Police Chief Giacomo Sacca jointly announced Monday.

Victor H. Rodriguez Gomez, 33, is charged with first-degree murder and two related weapons offenses in connection with the murder of Carmen Lopez Barahona, 30, of Elizabeth.

According to Union County Assistant Prosecutor Jillian Reyes, who is prosecuting the case, shortly after 2:00am on Sunday, September 11th, Elizabeth Police Department Patrol Units responded to the 200 block of Lt. Glenn Zamorski Drive and found the victim, who had sustained fatal injuries as a result of blunt force trauma to her head.

The investigation revealed that after the murder Gomez fled the scene. His vehicle was later located by the Perth Amboy Police Department. He was apprehended and transferred into the custody of the Union County Prosecutor’s Office without incident. Gomez is currently being held in the Union County Jail pending a first appearance.

This fast-moving investigation was led by the Union County Homicide Task Force and the Elizabeth Police Department, assisted by the Union County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit and the Perth Amboy Police Department.

“We appreciate the hard work and collaboration with our local law enforcement agencies who assisted our office in locating and apprehending the suspect,” Prosecutor Daniel said. “We hope that this arrest can bring some small measure of comfort to all those grieving Ms. Barahona.”

Anyone with information on this matter is being urged to contact Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Task Force Sergeant Filipe Afonso at (908) 965-3807, Detective Kenneth Luongo at (908) 527-4643, or Elizabeth Police Detective James Szpond at (908) 558-2041.

Convictions on crimes of this nature are punishable by terms of up to life in state prison.

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