Man Charged In Perth Amboy Stabbing Pleads Not Guilty

NEW BRUNSWICK – A Keyport man charged with stabbing a 25-year-old Perth Amboy man to death pleaded not guilty and is being held on $1 million bail.

Jose Rodriguez-Cuevas, 25, was charged with the weekend murder of Gerardo Ramos-Balico and the attempted murder of the victim’s brother, Freddy, 28.

Perth Amboy police responded to the 500 block of State Street just before 2 a.m. Sunday and found Ramos-Balico lying on the sidewalk, bleeding from an “obvious” stab wound, assistant prosecutor Nicholas Sewitch said. Ramos-Balico was taken to Raritan Bay Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead shortly before 2:30 a.m.

Sewitch said that Freddy Ramos-Balico of Brooklyn, N.Y. was stabbed once in the side by Rodriguez-Cuevas. He was treated at the Perth Amboy hospital and released.

Sewitch said that there had been an “altercation” inside the Acapulco Tropical Bar on State Street, but police are still investigating the motive for the slaying.

The prosecutor asked Judge Joseph Rea to set the bail at $1 million because Rodriguez-Cuevas is an illegal immigrant from Mexico and posed a flight risk.

If convicted of all the charges, Rodriguez-Cuevas faces 50 years to life in prison.

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