16-Year-Old Charged with Murder in Luxury Apartment, His Father Works at The Building

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A fatal stabbing on the ninth floor of a luxury highrise in downtown has resulted in charges against 16-year-old Jason Molina, who will be tried as an adult.

Jason Molina's father Bryant Molina is the building superintendent at Skyline Tower, according to sources in the apartment building located at 60 Paterson Street.

The highrise is operated and managed by Pennrose Properties and was the scene of the crime that claimed the life of a 23-year-old woman on May 11.

The 70-unit building was once the county government's headquarters before being refurbished by Pennrose in 2000.

Christine Huh was a recent graduate of Rutgers University, and the daughter of a pastor who leads a large congregation in Franklin Township.

Authorities said that "the victim was visiting the defendant at the apartment when she was attacked."

According to the Home News Tribune's Suzanne Russell, that apartment is "registered" to someone with the last name Molina.

"Property records show there is a ninth-floor apartment in the building registered to someone with the same last name as Molina, but the relationship is unclear," reads a June 19 article by Russell.

According to police radio transmissions, authorities were looking for Molina, who is too young to drive on his own legally.  Reports said he might be driving a four-door, black, 2007 BMW 300 series.

Molina was captured and taken into custody just hours after the killing, in his hometown of Bridgewater.  He was charged with juvenile delinquency in connection with the homicide, at first.

The Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office (MCPO) announced on June 19 that Molina now faces charges of murder and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose  after Family Court Judge James F. Hyland determined the defendant may be tried as an adult.

"Start heading over to 60 Paterson Street, apartment 903," dispatchers told officers at 3:14am. "I have an unconscious female I'm not sure what her situation is and the caller's too scared to check on her friend."

Ten minutes later, the New Brunswick Fire Department was also dispatched to the scene for what was described to them as a victim of "cardiac arrest."

But eventually it became clear that the victim had been seriously injured in an apparent stabbing.

Huh was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, where she was pronounced dead at 3:50 a.m.

Jason Molina's Twitter account indicates that he attended Bridgewater-Raritan High School and played three sports: basketball, cross country, and track.

He remains in custody at the Middlesex County Youth Detention Center in North Brunswick, held on $1 million bail.

"The investigation is active and is continuing," reads the MCPO press release.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Raymond Quick of the New Brunswick Police Department at (732) 745-5217, or Detective Wayne Canastra of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-3809. 

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Charlie is the founder and editor of New Brunswick Today, and the winner of the Awbrey Award for Community-Oriented Local Journalism. He is a proud Rutgers University journalism graduate and a community organizer, and was an independent candidate for Mayor of New Brunswick in 2018.