An Elizabeth, New Jersey, man was arrested and charged in the double homicide of his au pair girlfriend and her boss, a popular Manhattan comedy club owner, reports said.
Joseph Porter, 27, is facing two counts of murder and weapons possession after the two victims were discovered in suburban New Jersey over the weekend, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office announced on Saturday, Aug. 3.
Police officers first found an injured woman lying in the street in Maplewood around 6 a.m. on Saturday, after responding to a report of a woman being assaulted. The woman, identified as 26-year-old Karen Bermudez-Rodriguez, was transported to Beth Israel Medical Center where she succumbed to her injuries about an hour later, according to prosecutors.
Maplewood police officers canvassing the area then found the body of 40-year-old David Kimowitz inside his home in the 400 block of Walton Road, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
Kimowitz a well-known entrepreneur who owned The Stand Restaurant and Comedy Club in New York City, NJ.com reported.
“Ms. Bermudez-Rodriguez was employed as an au pair for the Kimowitz family,” the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement, adding that Porter “had been in a dating relationship” with her.
Court documents viewed by NJ.com allege Porter stabbed both victims and that Bermudez-Rodriguez had tried to end their relationship before the attack.
“We’re sad for both families—the family who lives here and has been in the community for the last few years and of course the au pair who was working for them,” Maplewood Mayor Victor De Luca said. “It’s a very tragic domestic incident that had just a horrible, horrible result.”
He was taken into custody at Newark Liberty International Airport while trying to board a flight to Cancun, Mexico, authorities said in the court documents.