A Bergen County man charged with first degree murder in the beating of a colleague told police he stole the victim’s credit cards after the crime and hid them in a trash can, according to court documents.
Christian V. Giron, 24, hit Jeanette Willem, 43, repeatedly with a hammer on Wednesday morning at Jamis Bikes on Ludlow Avenue in Northvale, inside the high-end bicycle distribution business where they both worked, according to an investigator’s report.
Giron, a warehouse worker, admitted to the murder in a videotaped interview with investigators later that day, a probable cause affidavit states.
Surveillance footage from inside the building that was taken at 7:39 a.m. showed Giron walking towards Willem wearing a black sweatshirt, blue pants and black gloves. “Approaching Willem, Giron had a hammer in his hand and hit her several times,” the affidavit states.
“He further testified that he stole several credit cards from Willem and threw them in a trash can near (block 200) of Livingston Street in Northvale,” the affidavit states. He also stole a credit card belonging to Jamis Bikes, the affidavit states.
After the attack, Giron ran outside and hid the hammer under a trailer parked in front of the company. He went to his home in Harrington Park, where he put on clean clothes, according to the affidavit.
The affidavit states that detectives recovered Willem’s credit cards from the trash, along with a pair of black gloves. Officers said they also found a credit card belonging to Jamis Bikes hidden in the suspect’s bedroom.
Giron reportedly told detectives that after changing his clothes he returned to Jamis Bikes and called 911 to report that a woman had been injured.
Northvale police found Willem’s lifeless body in a pool of blood near where she was attacked, the affidavit states.
Giron is charged with first degree murder, possession of weapons and obstructing his own arrest, according to the Bergen County District Attorney’s Office.
Willem, who was a longtime employee at Jamis, was a beloved mother, daughter and loyal friend, the company said in a statement. declaration to the bicycle retailer. “Jamis Bikes is a tight-knit little group and Jeanette has been a dedicated member of our team for 20 years. We are devastated, ”the company said.
Matt Willem, the victim’s brother, said in a GoFundMe page that the family was trying to figure out “how his life was taken from him in a foolish act”.
“A lot of people liked my sister and the response was overwhelming,” he said.
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