CLARK, NJ - A 47-year-old Lyft driver was discovered lying in the middle of Westfield Avenue shortly after 1:00 a.m. on Wednesday bleeding from stab wounds and lacerations to his head, face and neck according to Clark Police. A 20-year-old female was found nearby with stab wounds and cuts on her face and head too.
According to Police Chief Pedro Matos the driver picked up the female and a male passenger in Bloomfield. While traveling through Clark, both the driver and his female passenger were victims of an unprovoked attack by the male suspect in the car as it traveled to Woodbridge.
Police say the female victim and driver were attacked with a screwdriver by 27-year-old suspect, Farrahkhan S. Howard of Clifton Street in Bloomfield. Both victims escaped the car and were transported to University Hospital in serious condition.
Howard fled the scene in the Lyft vehicle and was involved in a motor vehicle accident on the Garden State Parkway shortly after. He was then taken into custody by the Woodbridge Police.
Matos said the suspect has been charged with first degree carjacking, second degree robbery, two counts of second degree aggravated assault, third degree possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes and fourth degree possession of a weapon.
Additionally, Howard has been charged with receiving stolen property, obstruction and narcotics possession in Woodbridge, He is being held in the Middlesex County Jail pending a bail hearing.
Clark Patrolman DeAngelo, Patrolman Gucwa, Sergent R. Oliveira, Detective Sergeant Teston and Detective Joy were the investigating officers.
Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to call the Clark Police Department at 732-388-3434 and ask to speak with Detective Sergeant Teston or Detective Joy.