WEST NEW YORK, NJ – An elderly woman beaten to death by her son in North Jersey has died in the hospital. Now, the son is being charged with murder. Charges against Emmanuel Gonzalez, age 33, of West New York have been upgraded in the death of his mother, Irma L. Pons Gonzalez, after the Regional Medical Examiner’s Office determined the cause of death to be Multiple Blunt Force Trauma and the manner of death to be Homicide.
The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit has charged Gonzalez with Murder in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3, a first-degree crime. On Thursday, January 14, 2021, at approximately 1:30 p.m., members of the West New York Police Department responded to 439 66th Street, apartment #2 on a report of an unresponsive 62-year-old female. Upon arrival, officers were met by Gonzalez, who is the son of the victim. Officers were directed to a bedroom where the female, later identified as Irma L. Pons Gonzalez, was found unresponsive. Pons-Gonzalez was pronounced dead at 1:46 p.m.
The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit initially arrested Gonzalez on Thursday afternoon and charged him with Aggravated Assault in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(b)1, a second-degree crime. Prosecutor Suarez credited the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit with the investigation and the West New York Police Department for assisting with the investigation. The above charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty. R.P.C.3.6(b)(6).