According to law enforcement, the stabbing incidents occurred in the same Passaic area but at different locations.
The first attack occurred at a residence located on Third Street in Passaic, NJ. Clifton police were called to the scene around 11:00 p.m.
When police arrived at the home, they came across a 16-year-old man who had sustained knife wounds to the back and the stomach. Authorities indicated that the suspect was stabbed two times in the back and one time in the stomach.
After the assault, the victim was rushed to St. Joseph s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, New Jersey.
Remarkably, another stabbing victim was brought to the hospital while Passaic police waited with the first victim. The second victim was a 55-year-old male who had been stabbed in the left forearm.
The second victim spoke with Passaic police officers and said that he was attacked by two people while crossing the street in Passaic, NJ.
Both victims received medical treatment for their injuries. Afterwards, officials said that the injuries were not considered life-threatening.
Passaic NJ police are actively investigating the assaults. At this time, investigators are operating under the assumption that the two stabbing incidents might be related.
If any suspects are identified and arrested in either case, they could face significant criminal penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(b), aggravated assault with a deadly weapon such as a handgun or a knife is classified as a second degree felony. A conviction on second degree aggravated assault charges could lead to a sentence of 5-10 years in NJ State Prison.
Anyone who has information about either stabbing incident should call Passaic detectives at 973-365-3938.
For more information about this case, read the NJ.com article entitled “Passaic Police Investigating 2 Stabbings That May Be Related.”