PATERSON, NJ - A machete usually wins out over a pocketknife in a street brawl. At least that seemed to be the case during a scuffle early Thursday morning on Park Avenue near the train station.
A 28-year-old city man was stabbing two people with a pocketknife at about 3 am when someone with a machete intervened and struck him in the head with the weapon, police said.
Authorities say they are not sure of the identity of the "third party" who wielded the machete. That person left the scene before police arrived.
But the man with the pocketknife, Miguel Robinson, 28, of Hamilton Avenue, was taken to St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center where he was treated for a head laceration, police said. He also was arrested by Police Officer Bijoy Rodriguez and charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a knife, said Lt. Richard Reyes.
Reyes said Robinson was having a verbal altercation with a 21-year-old Paterson man when Robinson started stabbed the man multiple times with a pocketknife. When the victim's 23-year-old girlfriend intervened, Robinson started stabbing her, police said.
That's when the person with the machete came to the rescue, police said. The two stabbed with the pocketknife also required hospital treatment, police said.