Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal announced charges of Murder, Desecration of Human Remains, Hindering Apprehension and Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose against JESUS LOPEZ (DOB: 08/19/1987) of 44 Spring Valley Road, Paramus, New Jersey, in connection with the death of his mother, 56-year-old Susana Lopez (DOB: 1/10/1961) of Paramus.[media:20171025161833869]On October 24, 2017, Paramus Police were requested to conduct a welfare check at 44 Spring Valley Road in Paramus where Jesus LOPEZ resided with his mother Susana Lopez. After making contact with Jesus LOPEZ who was inside the home, further investigation revealed that he had murdered his mother days earlier, and that her remains were on the property. Police subsequently located her remains in a detached garage adjacent to the residence.
Following an investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Paramus Police Department, Jesus LOPEZ was arrested for the murder of Susana Lopez and was brought to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office for processing. Jesus LOPEZ is charged with the following offenses: Murder in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3a(1),(2), a crime of the 1st Degree; Desecration of Human Remains in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:22-1A(1), a crime of the 2nd Degree; Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose in violation of a crime of the 3rd Degree; and Hindering Apprehension in violation of N.J.S.A 2C:29-3B(1), a crime of the 3rd Degree. He is presently in the custody of the Bergen County Sheriff pending his first appearance, which will be set by the Superior Court.
Prosecutor Grewal states that these charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Prosecutor Grewal would like to thank the Paramus Police Department under the direction of Chief Kenneth Ehrenberg and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Criminal Investigations under the direction of Sherriff Michael Saudino for their assistance in this investigation.