Murdered West Orange Woman Knew Killer, Son Says
Thursday, September 5, 2013 • 1:51pm
WEST ORANGE, NJ - The Essex County Prosecutor's Office and the West Orange Police Department continue the investigation of the death of Sandy Yuen, 58, who was found murdered in her residence on Chestnut Street on Sept. 3. The apartment building is located at the corner of Chestnut Street and Oxford Street close to the Ginny Duenkel Pool and Colgate Park. The family moved to West Orange 10 years ago.
In an interview with WABC-TV news, Jackie Yuen, who would not allow cameras to film his face out of fear, said that his mother had been stabbed once in the neck. There were no signs of forced entry and Yuen, another interview with Nj.com said his mother always kept the chain on the door of their Chestnut Street residence and would not have opened it unless she knew who it was.
Yuen went on to say that he believed someone had been watching the house. He left for work at 10, and by 12:30 his wife, who found Yuen, called him to tell him about the crime. Sandy Yuen was off from her job as a chef at the Hyatt House Hotel in Whippany on Tuesday and home babysitting her granddaughter when the crime occurred. The toddler was found unharmed in her crib upstairs.
According to the son, expensive jewelry, a $1,200 pouch with cash in it, his mother's wallet and car, were not touched. Only electronics and less expensive jewelry appear to have been taken.
The suspect also had time to douse the murder scene with bleach in an attempt to cover his/her tracks.
Thomas Fennelly of the Essex County Prosecutor's Office would not comment on the murder, except to say robbery may have been a motive. The investigation is ongoing, and a large lit sign near the murder scene is asking the community for help.
West Orange Mayor Robert Parisi, who grew up in the neighborhood where the murder occurred, told NJ.com "Obviously people are concerned. It’s always disheartening when something like this happens," said Parisi. "West Orange is not immune to the crime that pervades this country. It doesn’t happen here a lot and this type of thing is upsetting."
This is the first homicide in the township this year.