Englewood NJ Man Pleads Guilty to Aggravated Assault Charges, Admits Stabbing Roommate in Heart
An El Salvador man who lived in Englewood NJ recently entered a guilty plea on aggravated assault charges and admitted that he stabbed his roommate in the heart.
According to Bergen County authorities, the 23-year-old suspect attacked the 27-year-old victim on August 21, 2014 after they got into a verbal altercation. The violent incident happened at a shared residence on West Palisade Avenue in Englewood, New Jersey.
According to the victim, the altercation stemmed from a dispute over a “household issue.”
When things turned physical, the suspect reportedly grabbed hold of a knife and stabbed the victim in the chest, causing a serious puncture wound to the victim’s heart.
Emergency medical responders rushed to the home and briefly treated the victim before transporting him to a nearby hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery.
Meanwhile, the suspect reportedly ran left the home and tried to flee the scene immediately after the assault. Englewood police managed to track down the suspect and arrest him sometime later.
The suspect was initially charged with attempted murder, unlawful possession of a weapon, and aggravated assault. Now he has pleaded guilty to the aggravated assault charges.
The suspect reached a plea agreement with Bergen County prosecutors, resulting in most of the charges being dropped. Additionally, prosecutors will recommend that he be sentenced to just six years in New Jersey State Prison.
The suspect will appear in Bergen County Superior Court, located in Hackensack NJ, for a formal sentencing hearing.
After the suspect serves his state prison sentence, he will face deportation proceedings because he is allegedly in the country illegally.
To learn more about this case, read the NJ.com article, “N.J. Man Admits Stabbing Housemate in Heart, Report Says.”