Bryan Cordero-Castro, of 4th Avenue in Long Branch, was charged with first degree Murder, third degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose and third degree Attempted Escape last night for the stabbing death of a 16 year old Long Branch girl, according to an announcement by Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.
Long Branch police responded to an 10:42 p.m. call reporting the stabbing at 284 Van Pelt Place, Long Branch. The juvenile victim was taken to Monmouth Medical Center where she died at 11:25 p.m.
Cordero-Castro is a U.S. citizen, according to Charles Webster, spokesman for the Prosecutor’s Office. UPDATE: Charles Webster, spokesperson for the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office call to sat that Cordeo-Castro is a native of Guatemala who is in the United States illegally. Webster apologized for his earlier error.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Detective Wayne Raynor, of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at 1-800-533-7443 or Long Branch Police Detective Joseph Spitale at 732-222-1000.