Paterson NJ police are looking into a violent crime incident involving a knife at a local restaurant that resulted in several people sustained serious injuries.
The stabbing incident went down around 2:30 a.m. at El Tipico, a popular eatery located on 21st Street in Paterson, NJ. According to witnesses at the scene, multiple people inside the restaurant became involved in a heated argument about a soccer game on television. The verbal altercation turned physical, prompting at least one individual to grab a knife and use it to stab and injure several people.
Paterson NJ law enforcement has indicated that the argument leading up to the violent incident involved alcohol, with multiple participants in the fight reportedly being intoxicated and under the influence of alcohol.
The Paterson Police Department received a 911 call about the fight and dispatched police officers and emergency medical responders to the scene. The victims were transported to nearby St. Joseph’s Medical Center, where doctors provided them with medical treatment for their stab wounds. The suspects were later listed in stable condition.
Jerry Speziale, the Paterson NJ police director, issued a statement about the violent stabbing attack and said that Paterson law enforcement is actively investigating the alleged crime. Depending on the outcome of the investigation, it is possible that the person who wielded the knife will face criminal charges for aggravated assault and maybe even attempted murder.
As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(b), aggravated assault with a deadly weapon like a handgun or a knife is considered a second degree crime. A conviction for second degree aggravated assault could lead to a sentence of 5-10 years in New Jersey State Prison.
For additional information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Soccer Game Argument Leads to Multiple Stabbing in Paterson, Cops Say.”