Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson reported a Camden man been arrested for allegedly causing the death of a man by punching him once in a city restaurant last year.
Luis Sanchez, 43, is charged with reckless manslaughter in the death of 39-year-old Miguel Arias-Sanchez of Camden.
Camden County Police encountered Arias-Sanchez bleeding from the head as he was walking out of the Golden Dragon restaurant on the 2600 block of Federal Street in Camden on October 12, 2014. Officers had responded to the business shortly before 10:20 p.m. for a report of an assault.
Arias-Sanchez was transported to Cooper University Hospital in Camden, but walked out before being treated.
Shortly after leaving the hospital, Arias-Sanchez was found unresponsive under a bus stop bench outside of the Police Administration Building in Camden. He was returned to Cooper and diagnosed with a fractured skull, cerebral contusion, subdural hemorrhage and intraventricular hemorrhage. He remained at Cooper until he died from his injuries on November 12, 2014.
An autopsy was conducted and the medical examiner ruled the cause of death as blunt force trauma and the manner of death as homicide.
Detectives recovered video footage from the night of the assault. The video shows the defendant entering and leaving the restaurant.
Detectives also interviewed several witnesses who described Sanchez punching the victim once in the face, which caused the victim to fall, hit his head on the floor and lose consciousness. The assault is believed to have occurred without warning or provocation.
Sanchez was arrested by the Camden County Sheriff’s Office this morning in Camden. He was remanded to the Camden County Jail in lieu of bail.
Sanchez is scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. on Thursday before Superior Court Judge Edward J. McBride Jr. in courtroom 36.
All persons charged with criminal offenses are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law.
Released Wednesday, June 3, 2015.