Days after a missing New Jersey woman’s blood was found in her boyfriend’s bathtub, police announced Friday that they have arrested 40-year-old Raphael Lolos on suspicion of killing his girlfriend and throwing her dismembered body into the Hudson River.
31-year-old Jennifer Londono was last seen in Union City on June 25 and reported missing shortly thereafter. It wasn’t until two separate bystanders came across her body parts washed ashore in New York that investigators were able to determine Londono’s grisly fate.
Lolos first came onto police’s radar when they began searching places that Londono frequented with K-9 units, hoping to find out where she had been. That’s how they discovered traces of blood in his bathtub, prompting investigators to seek a motive for Lolos to kill Londono.
Authorities learned that he had “consistently and repeatedly” been using Londono’s credit cards since her death, the Bergen County prosecutor’s office said. Lolos was arrested at a motel in a neighboring county and brought back to Bergen County, where he suffered what has been deemed a medical episode, The Record reported.
Lolos remains in custody at Hackensack University Medical Center as of Friday, where he is receiving medical treatment. He will not be arraigned until he is released from the hospital, at which point he will answer to charges of murder, desecration of human remains, hindering apprehension, credit card fraud, and stalking.
Two days after Londono went missing, the New York Police Department was tipped off by a passerby to a female body floating in the Hudson River near the Red Hook Channel in Brooklyn. The next day, authorities released a photo of a Sanskrit tattoo on the body in hopes of identifying it.
Londono’s distraught mother came across the photo on social media and went to Brooklyn to tell authorities, claiming that the tattoo was a tribute to Londono’s aunt.