MONROE — Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and Monroe Police Chief John J. Kraivec announced that a township man was charged today with fatally stabbing his 48-year-old neighbor, who was found dead in her home.
Warren Burkey, 32, was charged shortly after midnight with the murder of Theresa Wysokowski, who was found on May 7, in the bedroom of her Perrineville Road home.
Burkey also was charged with burglary and a count involving an attack on a child. Details of the allegation are being withheld to protect the child’s identity, authorities said.
Burkey, a warehouse worker who lived next door to the victim, was taken into custody by police about 15 minutes after Ms. Wysokowski was found dead according to authorities.
He is being held at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center in North Brunswick on $3 million bail, which was set early today by Superior Court Judge Joseph Paone. The judge ruled the defendant must post the full amount before he can be released from custody.
Probable cause for the filing of the criminal charges included statements of witnesses, physical evidence and the results of the police investigation.
The charges were filed following an intensive investigation by Detective Griffin Banos of the Monroe Police Department and Investigator Adrian Villegas of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.
The investigation determined that about a month ago, Burkey began renting a room from the victim’s mother, who owns the house next door to Ms. Wysokowski.
Police were dispatched to Ms. Wysokowski’s home after receiving a 911 call from the residence.
Ms. Wysokowski was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:01 a.m.
An autopsy performed by the Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office concluded that the victim died from multiple stab wounds.
Ms. Wysokowski resided in Monroe with her husband and two children. Their identities are being withheld. The husband was at work at the time.
The investigation is continuing. Police are asking anyone with information about the case to call Detective Banos at (732) 521-0222, or Investigator Villegas at (732) 745-4428.
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