According to authorities, the stabbings went down in the same Passaic area; however, they occurred at different times and in separate locations.
The first assault happened at a home located on Third Street in Passaic, New Jersey. Clifton police officers were dispatched to the scene shortly before 11:00 p.m.
When police officers got to the residence, they found a 16-year-old male who had suffered knife wounds to his back and stomach. Law enforcement said that the suspect was stabbed twice in the back and another time in the stomach.
After the attack, the victim was transported by emergency medical responders to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, NJ.
While Passaic police were waiting at the hospital with the victim, another stabbing victim arrived at the medical facility. The second victim was a 55-year-old man who had sustained stab wounds to his left forearm.
The second victim told Passaic NJ police that he was assaulted by two individuals while walking across the street in Passaic, New Jersey.
Both victims were treated at the hospital and were later said to have sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
Passaic police are currently looking into the attack and searching for the culprits. Investigators believe that the two stabbing incidents could be related.
If any suspects are eventually identified and apprehended in either case, they could be subject to severe criminal penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(b), aggravated assault with a deadly weapon like a handgun or knife is considered a second degree crime. A conviction for second degree aggravated assault could result in a sentence of 5-10 years in New Jersey State Prison.
Anyone with information about either stabbing incident should reach out to Passaic detectives at 973-365-3938.
For further information about this case, go to the NJ.com article entitled “Passaic Police Investigating 2 Stabbings That May Be Related.”