††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††† *News
Release* †† ††††††Date: September 25, 2009
††††††††††††††††††† †††† Middlesex
County Prosecutorís Office
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††† *News Release* †† ††††††Date: September 25, 2009
Woman charged with robbery following death of
††††††††† Norma Gonzalez, (DOB 6/2/63) who has no known address, was arrested and charged following the death on September 24, 2009, of Eliseo Puga, 48, of Suydam Street, New Brunswick.
††††††††† Puga was pronounced dead at 9:52 p.m. at
An autopsy performed by the Middlesex County Medical Examinerís Office preliminarily determined that Puga did not die from falling, or as a result of foul play, but the cause of death was inconclusive, pending the results of toxicological testing.
††††††††† An investigation by Detective Kenneth Abode of the New
Brunswick Police Department, and Investigator Scott Crocco of the Middlesex
County Prosecutorís Office, revealed that Gonzalez and Puga were arguing
outside an apartment building at
††††††††† Gonzalez took a bottle of rum from Puga during the argument, which involved some pushing and shoving. At some point, Puga fell to the ground and was incapacitated. Rather than help the victim, Gonzalez left the scene.
Police, alerted by a 911 call, arrested Gonzalez on charges of second degree robbery and third degree endangering an injured victim.
was being held at the
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Detective Abode at (732) 745-5200, or Investigator Crocco at (732) 745-4471.
As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Gonzalez are merely accusations and she is presumed innocent until proven guilty.