Jennifer A. Pizzuto, 40, of Long Branch was found dead in a second floor bedroom at 140 Rockwell Ave. on Sunday night after Long Branch police responded to a 10:38 p.m. call reporting the discovery of the unresponsive female.
Investigators of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and the Long Branch Police Department arrested Christopher “Chato” Aparicio-Reyes, 21, and charge him with first degree murder for Pizzuto’s death. The victim’s body was discovered in Apraicio-Reyes’s apartment.
The manner of death was not disclosed in Acting Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni’s announcement.
Aparicio-Reyes is being held in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution, Freehold Township, on $1 million bail with no option to post 10 percent, as set by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Honora O’Brien Kilgallen. Judge Kilgallen also ordered Aparicio-Reyes may not return to the scene of the crime, if he were to be released on bail.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Ryu Washburne, of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at 1-800-533-7443 or Detective Marshall Brown, of the Long Branch Police Department, at 732-222-1000.