Pennsauken Man Charged with Killing 74-Year-Old Woman After ‘Drinking,’ ‘Fighting’


Thirty-year-old Esteban Cabrera is alleged to have asphyxiated 74-year-old Juanita Rosario in what the medical examiner is ruling a homicide. 

By Matt Skoufalos | August 12, 2019

A Pennsauken man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a 74-year-old woman, according to the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office (CCPO).

Esteban Cabrera, 30, is being held at the Camden County Jail pending a pretrial hearing.

Cabrera is alleged to have killed 74-year-old Juanita Rosario, also of Pennsauken.

Around 11 p.m. August 10, Pennsauken Police responded to a 9-1-1 call in the 3700 block of Burwood Avenue for a report of a woman “who appeared to be deceased,” the CCPO said in a statement.

Rosario was found unconscious on a bed inside the home, and was pronounced dead at the scene. The Gloucester-Camden-Salem County Medical Examiner later ruled her death a homicide caused by general asphyxia.

According to police documents, authorities were alerted to the situation by a 9-1-1 caller who told investigators that Cabrera had texted earlier in the day, asking for $100. Cabrera then allegedly texted “that he killed someone and did not know what to do,” the document states. Later, that witness alleged that Cabrera said “that he and the woman were drinking, started fighting, and that he (Cabrera) ultimately suffocated her.”

Another witness claimed to have been contacted by Cabrera, who asked for $100 “because he had problems.” Cabrera is alleged to have met with the witness in Rosario’s vehicle, which they later parked, returning to the Burrwood Avenue home on foot. The witness also alleges that Cabrera denied knowing where Rosario’s vehicle was when her family asked about it.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call CCPO Det. Andy McNeil at 856-225-8407, or Pennsauken Det. Aerika Long at 856-488-0080, x2413.

Anyone charged with a crime is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law. An arrest is not a conviction.

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