Police are trying to find the person responsible for a stabbing incident in Maplewood, New Jersey. The assault reportedly caused significant physical injuries to a man who was walking on a Maplewood street.
The victim is a 23-year-old resident of Newark, NJ. According to authorities, he was walking in the area of Coolidge Road and Irvington Avenue in Maplewood NJ just before 8:00 p.m. when the suspect attacked him with a knife.
Someone subsequently dialed 911 to alert local law enforcement, which dispatched police officers to the scene. Maplewood cops soon arrived at the scene and canvassed the area in search of the suspect, but they could not locate him.
It is believed that the suspect and the victim know each other. The victim told police that he and the suspect got into a heated verbal argument which eventually spilled over into violence. That’s when the suspect allegedly took a knife out of his pocket and used it to stab the victim.
If police can eventually locate and arrest the suspect, he would probably face serious criminal charges for aggravated assault. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:12(1)(b), anyone who uses a deadly weapon like a knife or a handgun while assaulting someone else can be charged with a third degree crime. A conviction for third degree aggravated assault could result in a sentence of 3-5 years in NJ State Prison.
For additional information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Police Seek Info on Slashing in Maplewood.”