Sunday Night Homicide In New Bedford Leads to Quick Arrest; Arraignment Slated for Today

Bristol County District Attorney’s Office 

Thomas M. Quinn III 

District Attorney

Press Release 

September 18, 2017​​​

A 23-year-old New Bedford woman was arrested during the early morning hours today in connection to a a homicide which occurred in the City of New Bedford late last night.

Zaishary Gonzalez will be arraigned this morning or early this afternoon in New Bedford District Court on charges of murder, witness intimidation and malicious destruction of a motor vehicle.

New Bedford Police responded to the area of 91 Nauset Street last night around 9:35 pm in response to calls reporting a stabbing at that location. When police arrived they located the victim, 45-year-old Juan Roman, and transported him to St. Luke’s Hospital.  The victim, who is believed to be homeless, was pronounced dead at 10:14 p.m.

The defendant was arrested at her home on Newcomb Street without incident.

The investigation is being coordinated by Assistant District Attorney Michael Sheehan, who will also be handling today’s arraignment in New Bedford District Court.  The probe is being conducted by Massachusetts State Police Detectives assigned to this office and New Bedford Police Detectives.


Gregg Miliote

Director of Communications