RANDOLPH, NJ- On Sept. 15 at 8:53 p.m., Randolph Police were dispatched to Morris Tpk for a reported stabbing. Upon arrival, patrols located the victim, age 55 from Randolph, however the suspect had fled the scene in a motor vehicle prior to patrols arrival.
Patrols rendered first aid to the victim who was then transported to Morristown Medical Center for treatment of his injuries and later released.
Shortly before 10 p.m., Det. Neil Caufield and Det. Jeff Goral located a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle and conducted a traffic stop. Investigation on scene revealed that the suspect in this incident was Manuel Lopez, age 26, Randolph NJ and the knife used in the incident was recovered.
According to the victim, Mr. Lopez was sitting in his car on Morris Tpk, and was revving his engine. The victim approached the vehicle to ask Mr. Lopez to move, as the noise was disturbing. The incident is still under investigation but this interaction appears to be the basis for the assault.
Mr. Lopez was charged with Aggravated Assault, Possession of a weapon, Possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, driving while intoxicated and reckless driving.
At this point, the police department is not releasing the name of the victim.
Officers that were involved in the investigation were Lt. Will Harzula, Det. Neil Caufield, Det. Jeff Goral, P.O. Jason DelTurco, P.O. Robert Coyle and P.O. Michael Puskas.