Highland Park Man Admits Murdering Woman, Endangering Children

NEW BRUNSWICK — A Highland Park man pleaded guilty today to a charge of murder, admitting he stabbed a woman in her borough apartment more than two years ago, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan announced.

Frank Gonzalez, 25, also pleaded guilty to a count of endangering the welfare of the victim’s children, admitting all three daughters of Brandy Williams were home when their 28-year-old mother was stabbed on March 12, 2010.

Gonzalez will be sentenced to 30 years in a New Jersey state prison with no chance of parole under a plea agreement reached with Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Martha McKinney.

Gonzalez is scheduled to be sentenced at the Middlesex County Courthouse in New Brunswick on October 17, by Superior Court Judge Michael A. Toto, who accepted the guilty pleas today.

Gonzalez, who was an acquaintance of the victim, was arrested and charged with murder following an investigation by Lt. Joe Vassallo and Detective Ilan Lancry, both of the Highland Park Police Department, and Investigator Adrian Villegas of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.

During the investigation, it was determined that Gonzalez climbed through a second floor window of the victim’s apartment at 60-B Woodbridge Avenue, Highland Park, and attacked Williams during an argument.

Gonzalez said during a court hearing today that he struck Williams in the face with a glass and then cut with a knife, admitting his actions caused her death.

The investigation began when police were dispatched to the victim’s apartment after receiving a 911 call from a neighbor, who reported a disturbance at 5:42 a.m. on March 12, 2010.

Police arrived to find Williams injured in her apartment. She was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, where she was pronounced dead at 7:42 a.m.

Following an intensive investigation, police traced Gonzalez to his home. As police approached his apartment, the defendant fled, jumping out a second-story rear window. He was apprehended nearby, in the backyard of a coin-operated laundry.


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