2 charged in death of roommate fled to California after the crime, prosecutors say

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Two Parsippany men are back in New Jersey to face charges relating to the death of their roommate, who one allegedly struck in the head last summer, killing him, authorities said.

Rogelio Laureano-Gonzalez, 25, and Cirilo Rojas-Paulino, 25, fled to southern California following the September 2019 death of Jaime Lopez-Basilio, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office said Friday.

Laureano-Gonzalez hit Lopez-Basilio in the head, and is charged with second-degree manslaughter and hindering apprehension, the prosecutor’s office said. Rojas-Paulino is charged with hindering apprehension and obstructing justice.

Lopez-Basilio’s body was found inside the homein an area of Old Bloomfield Road on Sept. 9, 2019, officials said at the time.

During the investigation, investigators could not find Laureano-Gonzalez or Rojas-Paulino.

They later tracked them down in California, the prosecutor’s office did not say how, and issued warrants for their arrests.

The Kern County Sheriff’s Officein California said Friday their officers arrested the suspects on Sept. 24 and Sept. 25, one in the town of Taft, and one in the Templeton/Paso Robles area in San Luis Obispo County, with the help of the sheriff’s office there.

No other details of their arrests were immediately available. Both will appear in Superior Court in Morris County on Jan. 21. They are currently being held in the Morris County jail.

Lopez-Basilio was 27 years old and born in Mexico. He was returned there, and buried in the state of Guerrero, his obituary says.

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