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UPDATE: Accused Killer In Palisades Park Stabbing Captured In Maryland

Bergen County Prosecutor's Office Major Crimes Unit
Bergen County Prosecutor's Office Major Crimes Unit Photo Credit: Jerry DeMarco

UPDATE (JULY 31): A bus company employee who stabbed and killed a fellow Palisades Park resident fled to Maryland, where he was captured, authorities said.

Jose M. Rivera Mes, 29, remained held in the Prince George’s County Jail in Upper Marlboro, MD pending extradition to New Jersey to face murder and weapons charges in Superior Court in Hackensack.

Rivera-Mes stabbed Danilo Gonzalez-Flores, 37, with a kitchen knife outside the ShopRite on Roosevelt Avenue shortly after 7 p.m. last Monday, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said.

He'd been gashed so deeply across his stomach that organs were exposed, one responder said.

Uniformed police, detectives and Bergen County sheriff's officers -- including a K-9 unit -- flooded the area, speaking with witnesses while seeking surveillance video. A police drone also scanned the neighborhood.

Although robbery was initially suspected, it hadn't been confirmed, authorities said.

Gonzalez-Flores was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.

Rivera-Mes, a 5-foot-6-inch, 120-pound Guatemalan national, was seized Thursday in Maryland.

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ORIGINAL STORY: An unidentified man found stabbed Monday in Palisades Park died Tuesday afternoon, authorities confirmed, as investigators tried to determine who he is -- and who killed him.

"The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Palisades Park Police Department are investigating a homicide that occurred in Palisades Park," Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella wrote in a brief release.

"At approximately 7:11 p.m. on Monday, July 26, 2021, the Palisades Park Police Department responded to reports of a stabbing at 201 Roosevelt Avenue. The male victim of the stabbing was transported to Hackensack University Medical Center and later died as a result of his injuries."

Borough police and Bergen County prosecutor's Major Crime Unit detectives were trying to identify the victim, who they said was found stabbed in the stomach on the railroad tracks at West Central Boulevard near the ShopRite supermarket.

He'd been gashed deeply across his stomach, exposing organs, a responder said.

Uniformed police, detectives and Bergen County sheriff's officers -- including a K-9 unit -- flooded the area, speaking with witnesses while seeking surveillance video. A police drone also scanned the neighborhood.

Although robbery was initially suspected, it hadn't been confirmed, authorities said.

Anyone who might have seen something, or has information that can help either identify the man or determine who stabbed him, is asked to contact Palisades Park PD: (201) 944-0900.

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