Posted Friday, January 17th, 2020
Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Acting Chief of Investigations Chris Kimker, and Parsippany Police Chief Andrew Miller announce the arrests of Rogelio Laureano-Gonzalez and Cirilo Rojas-Paulino, both 25 and from Parsippany, in connection with a 2019 homicide in that township.
On Sept. 9, 2019, law enforcement received information regarding a deceased male found inside a home in the area of Old Bloomfield Road in Parsippany. Investigation confirmed that a body was located inside a residence in the area and identified as Jaime Lopez-Basilio. The manner of death was determined to be homicide.
Two residents living in that house, Laureano-Gonzalez and Rojas-Paulino, could not immediately be located during the investigation. Both men eventually were apprehended in California.
It is alleged that Laureano-Gonzalez struck Lopez-Basilio in the head causing the death. It is further alleged that Laureano-Gonzalez and Rojas-Paulino fled New Jersey following the event to avoid investigation, apprehension, or prosecution.
Laureano-Gonzalez has been charged with second degree Manslaughter, as well as Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution in connection to the incident. Rojas-Paulino has been charged separately, by way of indictment, with Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution and Obstructing Administration of Law in connection with the incident. Both men remains detained in custody.
Prosecutor Knapp would like to acknowledge the efforts of the Oxnard Police Department and Kern County Sheriff’s Office — both in California, the United States Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department, Morris County Sheriff’s Office’s Crime Scene Investigation Unit, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit.
If anyone has any information related to this investigation, they are encouraged to call the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6200, or the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department at 973-263-4300.
Any inquiries can be directed to Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Public Information Officer Meghan Knab at 973-829-8159 or [email protected]..