Mathematics Graduate Fatally Stabs Roommate in Jersey City
A 26-year-old Jersey City man was arrested and charged for stabbing his roommate to death inside their apartment over the weekend.
The incident: Tong Cheng, an alumnus of Stevens Institute of Technology Graduate School, stabbed his roommate, Yuting Ge, a 23-year-old graduate student of Stevens, inside their apartment on New York Avenue near Hutton Street on August 8, according to Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez, Tap Into Jersey City reported.
Jersey City Police Department responded to a call at around 12:30 p.m. on Saturday and found a lifeless man, identified as Ge.
The victim was pronounced dead by authorities at the scene at 12:55 p.m.
Ge suffered multiple lacerations on his body.
Arrest and charges: Authorities found Cheng at a hotel in Weehawken on Monday at around 4:30 a.m. and was arrested without incident, NBC New York reported.
Cheng is now facing charges for murder in the first degree, possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes in the third degree and unlawful possession of a weapon in the fourth degree.
The cause and manner of death have yet to be released by the Regional Medical Examiner’s Office.
There is also an active investigation by the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit and the JCPD.
The incident is the third violent occurrence in the county within a 24-hour period, reported Hudson County View.
Cheng graduated from Stevens in May with a master’s degree in applied mathematics, NJ.com reported. Stevens spokeswoman Thania Benios said Ge was seeking a master’s in electrical engineering.
“This is a heartbreaking loss for the entire Stevens community and our thoughts and sympathies are with his family and friends,” Benios said.
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