Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez has released the following information:
The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit arrested and charged Tong Cheng, age 26, of Jersey City, in connection with the stabbing death of 23-year-old Yuting Ge in his New York Avenue apartment in Jersey City.
Cheng, an alumni of Stevens Institute of Technology Graduate School, and Ge, a current graduate student at Stevens, shared an apartment. Cheng was arrested without incident just before 4:30 a.m. on Monday, August 10, 2020 at a hotel in Weehawken.
Cheng has been charged with Murder in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3A(1), a crime of the first degree; Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purposes in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4D, a crime of the third degree; and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5D, a crime of the fourth degree.
On Saturday, August 8, 2020, just after 12:30 p.m., members of the Jersey City Police Department responded to an apartment on New York Avenue near Hutton Street on a report of a suspicious condition.
Responding officers found a lifeless 23-year-old male, later identified as Yuting Ge, with multiple lacerations throughout his body. The victim was pronounced deceased at 12:55 p.m. at the scene. The cause and manner of death are pending the findings of the Regional Medical Examiner’s Office.
A motive for the crime is unknown.
Prosecutor Suarez credited the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit, the Jersey City Police Department, Stevens Institute of Technology Police Department, the Hoboken Police Department, the Weehawken Police Department, the New Jersey State Police, Hudson County Regional SWAT, NJ Transit Police, the Maywood Police Department K-9 Unit, and the NJ State Park Police K-9 Unit for the investigation and arrest.