1 man stabbed, another robbed: HPD

harrisonpdHARRISON —

Police are seeking an individual who reportedly stabbed a Newark resident in Harrison during the early morning hours last Tuesday.

Police gave this account of the incident:

While on patrol at 2:33 a.m., Harrison Police Officer Daniel McChesney was dispatched to a location in the 300 block of N. Fifth St. on a request for medical assistance.

Upon his arrival, the officer was met by someone who was intoxicated and spoke very little English. He told Mc- Chesney that his brother had been hurt and was inside the Fifth St. building.

As the officer approached the front door, Gregory Morales, 32, of Newark, stumbled outside, bleeding from his chest and face.

Morales told the officer that he had been stabbed in the chest and slashed on both sides of his face. Police called in EMS to stabilize the victim and, with the help of East Newark Police Officer Brian Aparicio serving as translator, Morales told police that he knew his attacker but would not disclose his identity.

Police said the victim’s brother told them that the attack happened on the sidewalk in the 300 block of Cross St. during a rainstorm and that the alleged attacker ran away, last seen heading west on Cross St. Lt. Dennis McAlinden, Police Officers Darren Raefski and McChesney searched the area but could find no one, police said. Morales was taken to University Hospital of Medicine & Dentistry, Newark, for treatment of his wounds. No weapon had been recovered as of last week, police said.

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In another incident, last Thursday, at about 10 p.m., Officer David Strumolo was sent to a Bergen St. location on a report of a robbery.

The victim, a 25-year-old Harrison man, told the officer that he was walking home from the Quick Chek on the north side of Bergen St., between Sixth and Seventh Sts., when he heard someone crossing the street from south to north and running towards him from behind.

Before he could turn around, the victim said, the individual put a choke hold around the victim’s neck and said: “Give me everything,” and, while continuing to hold him, began checking the victim’s pockets.

After the victim fished out his wallet from his jacket pocket, the suspect removed its contents – one $10 bill – and said: “That’s it?” The victim then turned over his black 32G Apple I-phone in a black case to the suspect who said, “Don’t turn around or I’ll shoot you. Now go,” and then fled, police said.

The victim, who told police he managed to get a glimpse of the suspect, described him as black, with short black hair, black eyes, 6 feet, 180 pounds, wearing a blue long-sleeve T-shirt with miscellaneous images and black sport sweatpants.

It was hard to see the suspect’s face, the victim said, because he was wearing a black cover wrapped around his head, exposing only his eyes and hair.

The officer searched the area but could find no one matching the suspect’s description.

Ron Leir | Observer Correspondent

Ron Leir has been a newspaperman since the late ’60s, starting his career with The Jersey Journal, having served as a summer reporter during college. He became a full-time scribe in February 1972, working mostly as a general assignment reporter in all areas except sports, including a 3-year stint as an assistant editor for entertainment, features, religion, etc. He retired from the JJ in May 2009 and came to The Observer shortly thereafter. He is also a part-time actor, mostly on stage, having worked most recently with the Kearny-based W.H.A.T. Co. and plays Sunday softball in Central Park, N.Y.