Accomplice Says Son Admitted to Mom's Murder in Tribeca: Prosecutors

Left: Paula Chin, in an undated Facebook photo. Right: Her son, Jared Eng, is taken from the 1st Precinct Wednesday night after his arrest, following the discovery of his mother's body. Photo: Carl Glassman/Tribeca Trib

Feb. 07, 2019

In grisly detail, prosecutors alleged on Thursday that the son of a longtime Tribeca resident and businesswoman, Paula Chin, 65, along with two accomplices, tried to hide his dead mother's body by disposing of it, in a garbage bag, on her Morristown, NJ, property.

The allegations follow the arrest on Tuesday of Chin’s son, Jared Eng, 22, Jennifer Lopez, 18, and Caitlyn O’Rourke, 21. The three are charged with concealment of a human corpse and tampering with physical evidence. Additional charges could be filed following the Medical Examiner’s determination of the cause of Chin’s death.

Chin’s body was discovered on Tuesday, the day after she had been reported missing from her apartment at 17 Vestry St.

According to the criminal complaint, O’Rourke told detectives that Eng admitted to killing his mother and, with Lopez, transporting the body to New Jersey. She said she returned with them to Chin’s New Jersey home, where the trio “stuffed the body in a garbage bag, and removed it to an outside garbage container” on the mother’s property, the complaint said.   

Video surveillance from early in the morning of Jan. 31 showed Chin’s 2004 Toyota Land Cruiser backed up to the curb of the Vestry Street building, and Lopez getting out. Nearly an hour-and-a-half later, the complaint continued, “an individual” came out of the building with a “duffle bag-like container” and put it in the trunk. Detectives later inspected the trunk and found blood on the carpet and a blanket, and clothing that belonged to Chin, the complaint said.

Eng admitted that Lopez drove him to the New Jersey home in his mother’s car on Jan. 31 and again on Feb. 1, according to the complaint.

In a text obtained from O’Rourkes phone, the complaint says that Lopez “stated in substance, 'It's all clean, the hardest part was backing up the car.'

The Daily News quotes sources saying that authorities believe Eng cut his mother’s throat in her Tribeca apartment after being told to move out.

Eng is being held without bail. Lopez was released on $100,000 and O’Rourke is being held on $50,000 bail.

Lawyers representing Lopez and O’Rourke did not return calls requesting comment. In an interview with the Daily News on Rikers Island, Eng declared his innocence.

Chin lived at 17 Vestry Street since 1980, according to her Linkedin. Her two businesses, Pyceco Corp. and C-E Property Corp, are listed on the buzzer of that building. For the past nine years, Chin volunteered for the Tribeca Film Festival, and for seven years as a course marshall for two charity bike-a-thons, according to her Linkedin.

According to Jared Eng’s Linkedin, he graduated from the elite Brooklyn Technical High School in 2014 and attended college at SUNY New Paltz. “Passionate about Storytelling, E-Sports, Digital Media Metrics,” he wrote on his Linkedin. “Working part-time as an independent media creator, and producer focused on small event photography and videography.”

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