Police recently apprehended a man accused of assaulting an employee at a QuickChek store in Totowa, NJ.
According to authorities, the incident went down around 3:00 a.m. at the QuickChek located on Union Boulevard in Totowa, New Jersey. The suspect reportedly entered the building and walked toward a female employee. He then allegedly hit the worker in the face, shoved her to the ground, and used a knife to violently slash her.
Law enforcement later said that the blade used by the suspect to commit the attack was a box-cutter knife.
The Totowa Police Department was notified of the attack and dispatched officers to the scene. When officers showed up at the store, they discovered the victim lying on the floor. The victim had sustained cuts to her head, face, and fingers.
The Totowa First Aid Squad treated the victim at the scene and then rushed her to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson NJ, where she got further medical treatment.
The victim later told Totowa detectives that she recognized the suspect because he was a regular customer at the convenience store. Additionally, police said that the 34-year-old suspect might have applied for work at the QuickChek a few years ago.
Police later located the suspect at his apartment in Woodland Park, NJ. The suspect was subsequently arrested and charged with multiple crimes, including attempted murder, aggravated assault, and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.
If the suspect is eventually convicted of aggravated assault, he would face significant criminal penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(b), anyone who uses a deadly weapon like a knife or a handgun to cause bodily injury can be charged with a second degree crime. A conviction on second degree aggravated assault charges could result in a sentence of 5-10 years in New Jersey State Prison.
After being arrested and charged, the suspect was remanded to the Passaic County Jail in Paterson, NJ. He was being held at the jail in lieu of a massive $750,000 bail amount.
To learn more about this case, read the NorthJersey.com article entitled “Woodland Park Man Charged with Slashing QuickChek Worker.”