A Tribeca man suspected in his mother’s killing declared his innocence — and pondered his guilt — in her shocking death last week.
Jared Eng, speaking with the Daily News Friday on Rikers Island, declined to discuss his mom’s grisly demise while admitting to thoughts that he did kill Paula Chin inside their downtown apartment.
The feelings of guilt descended after Eng was locked up for transporting his mother’s corpse from Lower Manhattan to Morristown, N.J., where he and two female friends tossed the 65-year-old Chin out with the trash.
“I was feeling suicidal,” said the college kid-turned-inmate. “I was hearing these thoughts. What if I did do it? Maybe I did do it. Then I don’t deserve to live.”
Eng, between several teary pauses, insisted on his innocence in his mother’s Jan. 31 demise.
“I didn’t kill her,” Eng declared Friday during the rambling and contradictory interview. “… I want to clear my name.”
Eng, who stands 5-foot-6 with his black hair twisted into a ponytail, said he feared for safety of his brother Brendan and his two girlfriends Caitlyn O’Rourke, 21, and Jennifer Lopez, 18, insinuating his mother’s killer might strike again.
Eng recalled happier times with his co-defendants O’Rourke and Lopez, 18, who shared a polyamorous relationship with him. Eng and O’Rourke met as students at SUNY New Paltz, and he was one credit short of earning a degree.
“Jennifer would come to New Paltz and chill with us all weekend,” he recounted. “It would be Nextflix and chill.”
But cops charge the trio spent the end of last week using Chin’s car to move the dead woman’s body from her apartment to the suburban house in the Garden State.
Both women were charged with helping Eng in the aftermath of his mother’s killing, with Lopez behind the wheel of the dead woman’s 2004 Toyota Land Rover for the trip west across the Hudson River.
Eng broke down when discussing a celebratory trip last month to Mexico with his late mother and his brother.
“We went to Mexico City to celebrate her retirement,” he said. “We came back so happy. That was this January. January!”
The jailed 22-year-old also disputed reports that his mother was about to toss him out of the house over money — perhaps involving Jared’s inheritance from the 2008 cancer death of his dad, a heavy smoker.