HACKENSACK, N.J. -- A misunderstanding between two longtime friends that occurred in the wee hours this morning in Hackensack resulted in one man getting stabbed.
John Martinez, Jr. 43, of Hackensack, was arrested after 2 a.m. today and charged with aggravated assault after he allegedly stabbed his friend at his Hackensack residence.
At around 2:14 a.m today., city police responded to a home on Krone Place after a witness phoned police to report a fight between the parties. When officers found the victim, a 29-year-old man who was not identified, he had been standing outside the residence with a small cut to the left side of his torso. The victim confirmed he had been stabbed by his friend, 43-year-old Martinez, Jr.
Martinez, Jr. had been in the garage on the property with blood splattered on his shorts when police located him. The 13-inch kitchen knife was found near Martinez in the garage, police said. According to police, the victim told cops he and Martinez were “really good friends” and refused to cooperate with the investigation.
The victim was treated on scene for a minor injury by the Hackensack Ambulance EMTs. Martinez, Jr. is also facing charges for possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. He was released on a summons, and is due in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack.
Hackensack police encourage anyone who witnesses a crime or has information about one to reach out to Crime Stoppers of Bergenfield, Englewood, Teaneck, Hackensack, and Bogota, which offers cash rewards of up to $1,000. Tips can be made anonymously at bergencrimestoppers.org or by calling 844-466-6789, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.