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Man charged in stabbing death of roommate on New Year’s Eve

February 28, 2018

PLAINFIELD, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man has been indicted on a murder charge in the stabbing death of his roommate shortly before midnight on New Year’s Eve.

The Union County prosecutor’s office said Wednesday that a grand jury returned a three-count indictment charging 24-year-old Darin Jose Cano Vasquez with first-degree murder and weapons offenses in the death of 43-year-old Alejandro Cadena-Toapanta.

Prosecutors said the victim was found on the front lawn of a Plainfield home about 15 minutes before midnight with multiple stab wounds. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Authorities allege that the defendant, arrested hours after the slaying, stabbed the victim after an argument. A listed number for him couldn’t be found Wednesday and it was unclear whether he had an attorney.

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