MORRIS COUNTY — Two Dover men have been arrested and charged with crimes related to the death last week of a Rockaway Township man whose body was found in a wooded area on East Blackwell Street in Rockaway Township.
Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Rockaway Township Police Chief Martin McParland stated that Jeysi Joran Carnales-Cardona, known as “Joran,” 37, has been charged with various crimes related to the death of Michael Millan, 56.
Also arrested was Francisco Gonzales-Domingues, 36. He was charges with Endangering an Injured Victim.
On September 6, at about 5:08 p.m., law enforcement received a 911 call regarding a deceased male individual discovered in an area adjacent to the Lakeland Bus Company on East Blackwell Street. The victim, later identified as Michael Millan was born November 6, 1960 and was known to live in the wooded area, which is known to have a population of homeless individuals.
A subsequent post-mortem examination of the victim revealed multiple stab wounds to his chest area. It was also discovered that Millan had multiple injuries to his head area.
An investigation revealed that Millan was assaulted and stabbed to death on September 4, two days earlier. The investigation would also reveal that Carnales-Cardona, an acquaintance of the victim, was responsible for the victim’s death.
It was also discovered that Carnales-Cardona was with multiple other males during this assault, including Gonzales-Domingues, who was aware that the victim had been assaulted and injured and made no effort to provide assistance to the victim, either personally or through a third-party, such as medical aid.
It is also alleged that in the days following the death of the victim, Carnales-Cardona tampered with a witness regarding information related to the victim’s death.
Finally, it is alleged that Carnales-Cardona provided false information to law enforcement during the course of this investigation.
During the early morning hours of Sunday, Carnales-Cardona was charged with Murder, a crime of the first degree; Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, a crime of the third degree; Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, a crime of the fourth degree; Witness Tampering, a crime of the third degree; and Hindering One’s Own Apprehension; a crime of the third degree.
Additionally, Gonzales-Domingues was charged with Endangering an Injured Victim, a crime of the third degree.
Both defendants were lodged at the Morris County Correctional Facility pending a first appearance in court on Monday.
This investigation remains active and ongoing. If anyone has any information about the individuals described in this press release, or the circumstances surrounding these crimes, they are strongly encouraged to contact the Rockaway Township Police Department at 973-625-4000, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office – Major Crimes Unit at 973-285-6200, or Morris County Crimestoppers at 973-COP-CALL (973-267-2255).
Members of the Rockaway Township Police Department, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office – Major Crimes Unit, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, and the Morris County Medical Examiner’s Office have contributed greatly to this investigation.
Prosecutor Knapp said, “This case was solved by remarkable investigative work of the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office. Under the direction of Chief Assistant Prosecutor Matthew Troiano and Captain Robert McNally, the men and women of the MCU worked tirelessly around the clock for almost three days to bring these individuals to justice. All are to be highly commended.”
Editors Note: A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite this accusation, the defendant is presumed innocent until he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.