Jersey City bodega blaze was arson for insurance cash, prosecutor says

The owners of a a Jersey City bodega have been charged with having their business set ablaze more than a year ago to collect the insurance money, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said.

Amado Gonzalez-Abreu, 38, and Francisca Duran-Tejada, 47, both of Jersey City were arrested by the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Regional Arson Task Force Sept. 30 at the Jersey City Fire Department Headquarters on Marin Boulevard, officials said.

Their business, La Tribu Minimart, at 343 Princeton Avenue suffered damage in a June 9, 2019 fire. Firefighters responded to 9 Linden Avenue at 6:18 a.m. that day and noticed smoke coming from the store, which is on the first floor of a three-story, wood-frame residential building with four units.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire at the scene and fire damage was confined to the grocery store.

Gonzalez-Abreu and Duran-Tejada are charged with first-degree employing a juvenile for the commission of a crime; and they were also charged as accomplices in committing aggravated arson/to collect insurance for the destruction or damage to property, a second-degree offense.

The prosecutor’s office said no one else has been arrested so far. Citing the ongoing investigation, officials also declined to provide any other details, including who set the fire.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact the Regional Arson Task Force at (201) 915-1345 or leave an anonymous tip on the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office official website at All information will be kept confidential.

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