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Fatal Stabbing in North Plainfield

North Plainfield, NJ

Post Date:08/24/2018 1:05 PM

August 20, 2018 - NEWS RELEASE

Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor, and North Plainfield Chief of Police William Parenti announced that a death investigation is underway into the fatal stabbing of a 24-year old North Plainfield man. 

Prosecutor Robertson stated that on August 19, 2018, at approximately 2:18 a.m., a 9-1-1 call was received regarding a fight in the area of Grove Street in North Plainfield, New Jersey. Initial responding North Plainfield Police Officers found the victim suffering from stab wounds. He was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced. The deceased has been identified as Nelson Noe Garcia-Lopez, age 24 of North Plainfield, New Jersey. Detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes and Crime Scene Units, the North Plainfield Police Department, and medical investigators from the New Jersey Northern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office responded to conduct the investigation.  A post mortem examination will be performed on the decedent to determine the cause and manner of death.

Prosecutor Robertson, Chief Fodor, and Chief Parenti request anyone with information to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100, or the North Plainfield Police Department at (908) 769-2937 or via the STOPit app. The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ.

Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477) or online at or at and click on either “Crime Stoppers” or “TIPS HOTLINE”. All anonymous Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.  Crime Stoppers of Somerset County, Inc. is offering a reward up to $750 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for the death of Nelson Noe Garcia-Lopez. 

Note: The following information is based on a preliminary and ongoing investigation, which continues to evolve as investigators interview witnesses, review physical and electronic records, and analyze forensic evidence.  The Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office’s understanding of the facts and circumstances may change as additional evidence is collected and analyzed.

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