LITTLE FALLS, NJ - A 48-year-old man from Cedar Grive has been arrested on the campus of Montclair State University in connection with the stabbing of a 36-year-old victim Monday night.
The 48-year-old suspect, Nick Kael of Cedar Grove, was arrested for Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Weapon and Possession of a Weapon with unlawful purpose, MSU officials confirm.
Montclair State University officials released a statement regarding a reported stabbing that occurred at the Floyd Arena shortly before 11:30 p.m. indicating that neither party was affiliated with the university.
University officials maintain that there was an altercation between two parties at the Floyd Arena, but are investigating whether the injuries sustained by the victim came from the knife confiscated by police at the scene. Although eyewitnesses reported a stabbing had occurred, MSU officials say, "not so fast."
Acting MSU spokesperson Erica Bleiberg stated, "(A)t 11:26 p.m., The Montclair State University Police Department received a routed 911 call from Clifton Police Department and responded to the Floyd Arena in reference to an altercation and stabbing in progress."
According to the statemnt, there had been an altercation between two individuals "...resulting in an injury to one party’s ear. Initial investigation showed that during the altercation, one party had threatened to stab the other party with a knife." Both individuals were non-student visitors to the arena. Floyd Arena is located on the campus of MSU, but it is open to the public.
Responding officers recovered a knife at the scene and EMS provided the victim with medical care for an injury sustained to his ear.
MSU officials further state, "The investigation is ongoing to determine whether the knife had caused the other party’s injuries.
This case continues to be under investigation and will be heard in Little Falls Municipal Court.