The stabbing occurred around 1:30 a.m. According to authorities, the 43-year-old victim was attacked in his apartment on Cutler Street in Clifton, NJ. The victim was leaving his bedroom when he encountered the suspect, who was reportedly brandishing a knife.
A struggle ensued, with the suspect stabbing the victim in the abdomen.
Afterwards, the suspect ran out of the home and fled the scene.
Meanwhile, the victim dialed 911 and notified Clifton police. Officers were quickly dispatched to the scene, where they found the victim suffering from a serious injury.
The victim was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he received medical treatment for his wounds. He was later listed in stable condition.
At this time, Clifton investigators do not know who the suspect is. If police can eventually identify and apprehend the suspect, he would likely face serious criminal charges for aggravated assault and burglary.
A conviction on the most serious charge of aggravated assault would likely result in significant penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(b), anyone who causes bodily injury to another person while using a deadly weapon such as a knife or a handgun can be charged with a second degree felony. A conviction for second degree aggravated assault could lead to a sentence of 5-10 years in NJ State Prison.
Anyone who has information about the suspect or the burglary incident should contact Clifton detectives at 973-470-5908.
For further information about this case, go to the NJ.com article, “Man Broke into Clifton Apartment, Stabbed Resident, Cops Say.”