Woman killed with hammer, prosecutor says

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NORTHVALE – A Harrington Park man was charged with murder by the Bergen County District Attorney’s Office after police were called to a building on Ludlow Avenue on Wednesday where they found the body of a woman with an injury to the head – apparently inflicted by a hammer.

The suspect, Christian Giron, 24, was arrested on Wednesday and remanded in custody in Bergen County Jail for murder, concealing evidence and possessing weapons.

Police were called to a commercial block on Ludlow Avenue in Northvale at 8:15 a.m. and found the body of 43-year-old Jeanette Willem, who prosecutors said appeared to have suffered head injuries.

An investigation named Giron as the alleged assailant, the prosecutor’s office said, and he was taken into custody.

Police searched the building where Willem was found and said they don’t think anyone else was involved.

Bergen County officials respond to a confirmed homicide on Ludlow Avenue in Northvale on October 27, 2021.

Northvale Police were at the scene along with the Bergen County District Attorney‘s Office as well as the county SWAT team. The investigation was being conducted on Ludlow Avenue outside of Jamis Bikes, a bicycle maker.

The death marks the second homicide in Bergen County this week, after a woman was stabbed to death in Washington Township. A week earlier, an Elmwood Park man was killed at his home and his grandson was charged with his death.

Investigators were still at the scene more than three hours after their arrival.

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An employee of a nearby business on Veterans Drive said police arrived around 9 a.m.

“Nothing is happening in Northvale,” he said.

Across from Veterans Drive, which runs perpendicular to Ludlow Avenue, is a stretch of houses. A resident of Veterans Drive said she could not recall seeing police at an area scene as long as she was there on Wednesday.

Wednesday’s homicide is the first in Northvale since at least 1989, the last year recorded in the archives of the New Jersey State Police Uniform Crime Report. Northvale’s violent crime rate is also extremely low, according to reports, with none reported in most of the past 32 years.

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