MANHATTAN, NY – A New York City man admitted Friday to brutally murdering his mother in a Tribeca apartment in January 2019 and then dumping her body in a trash can at their family home in Morristown, according to Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg.
Jared Eng, 25, pleaded guilty in New York State Supreme Court to one count of second-degree murder and will face a minimum of 18 years to life in prison, and a maximum of 22 years to life in prison. He will be sentenced on October 18, Bragg said.
“This was a brutal and shocking murder of the defendant’s own mother, and while nothing can undo this tragedy, today’s guilty plea represents an important step towards justice. My thoughts are with those who continue to mourn Ms. Chin’s loss,” Bragg said.
On February 4, 2019, Eng reported his mother, Paula Chin, had been missing for several days. In reality, however, she had been viciously beaten and stabbed by her son in the apartment they shared in Tribeca in an attempt to accelerate his inheritance, Bragg said.
After the murder, Eng sanitized the apartment and transported the body to the family home in Morristown with the help of two others, Bragg said.
Chin’s body was found stuffed in a garbage container on the premises, with multiple stab wounds and signs of blunt impact to her head. Bloody rubber gloves were found during the investigation, along with blood stains and duct tape, Bragg said.
In a series of text messages after the murder, Eng reported “It’s done,” “I’m free,” and that he “got rid of [his] problem,” Bragg said.
Within days of the murder, Eng began the process of changing the passwords on his mother’s bank accounts, searching for inheritance lawyers, and researching various ways to dispose of his mother’s body, including a Google search for “diy bone meal,” Bragg said.
District Attorney Bragg thanked ADAs Sarah Khan and Christopher Foster, team members Jenny Robinson and Emma Lester, and members of the NYPD, particularly from the First Precinct and Manhattan South Homicide Squad, for their extraordinary efforts in this case.