PARAMUS, NJ – A 51-year-old Hackensack man has been arrested in connection with a bias crime that reportedly occurred on a jitney bus as it traveled along Route 4 last week in Paramus.
On Wednesday, Paramus police charged Victor Colon with bias intimidation, terroristic threats and aggravated assault with a weapon after identifying him as the suspect in the May 2 incident, Paramus Police Chief Kenneth Ehrenberg said.
That afternoon, Colon boarded a Spanish Transportation Enterprise jitney bus in Paterson and harassed a fellow passenger, the chief said. Colon reportedly asked the man if he was Indian, then stated that the victim’s family had killed his father and told him he was a terrorist who was responsible for the 9/11 attacks.
Colon also spat on the victim, then brandished a box cutter and began making slashing motions, which struck the man’s backpack, Ehrenberg said.
While on Route 4 east, Colon demanded the driver stop the bus and told the man to get off or he’d kill him, the chief said. Once the victim exited the bus, he contacted Paramus police to report what happened, prompting the department to launch an investigation into the incident.
Colon got off the bus at the next stop, which is located on Route 4 near Main Street on the River Edge-Hackensack border, Ehrenberg said.
“Shortly after the story appeared on television news channels, Det. Sal Cosentino received information identifying the name and current location of the suspect,” the chief said on Thursday afternoon.
At 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, Colon was taken into custody at his apartment in Hackensack, transported to Paramus police department for processing and then remanded to county jail pending a bail hearing.