Roselle Park Police responded to the 400 block of Maplewood Avenue at 3:05 a.m. this morning for a reported stabbing. Responding units found several people near the intersection of Seaton Avenue with one individual suffering from a stab wound to the upper torso.
The victim, age 20, is a former Roselle Park resident now living in Bergen County. He was transported to University Hospital, where he underwent surgery and is now in guarded/stable condition.
Police located several witnesses who said they were attending a nearby house party when two (2) individuals started arguing. The argument spilled outside and quickly turned violent when one of the individuals attacked the other with a large kitchen knife according to reports. The suspect fled the scene on foot.
At the scene, a 20-year-old Roselle Park resident was charged with Possession Of Marijuana and a 23-year-old Metuchen resident was charged with Obstruction Of Justice and Hindering Apprehension.
The investigation is continuing.
UPDATED 1 p.m. December 7, 2013
Roberto J. Rodriguez (pictured left), 20 years-old of Roselle Park, was arrested a short while ago as he walked on Seaton Avenue for charges related to this morning’s stabbing. Based on witness accounts and evidence found at the scene, Roselle Park Detectives were able to gather sufficient evidence to charge Rodriguez with Aggravated Assault/Attempt To Cause Serious Bodily Injury with bail set at $100,000 for that charge. He was also charged with Possession Of A Weapon, Possession Of A Weapon For Unlawful Purpose, and Destruction Of Evidence. Bail for those charges was set at $25,000.
At the time of his arrest, Rodriguez was found to possess a weapon – a sharpened tire punch – that was secured in his waistband. He was charged additionally for this weapon with a $15,000 bail set for the additional charge. Rodriguez was lodged in Union County jail in lieu of $140,000 total bail.
The female charged earlier with Hindering, Possession of CDS (Controlled Dangerous Substance), and Obstruction was identified as Jnecia Flanagan, 23 of Metuchen. Flanagan’s bail was set at $11,257 and she was lodged in Union County Jail.
The other male charged earlier with CDS Possession is identified as Luis Galindo (pictured right), 20 from Roselle Park. Galindo was released pending his appearance in court.
Anyone with information of the assault is asked to contact Roselle Park Detective Matthew Disano at (908) 245-2300.