The violent incident happened shortly before 1:00 p.m. According to law enforcement, the 37-year-old suspect is a truck driver who had pulled over at the Pilot Travel Center, a truck stop on Route 46 in the Ledgewood section of Roxbury, NJ.
The suspect allegedly got into a verbal altercation with the victim, who is also said to be a truck driver. At some point, the altercation turned physical and the suspect reportedly used some kind of “sharp object” to stab the victim.
The victim is a 43-year-old male who resides in Pennsylvania. He was taken to Morristown Medical Center to be treated for his injuries.
The suspect, who resides in Newark, was later placed under arrest. He was subsequently charged with several crimes, including aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon, and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.
If the suspect is ultimately convicted of aggravated assault, he would be subject to severe penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(b), anyone who causes serious bodily injury to another person and/or uses a deadly weapon like a gun or knife can be charged with a second degree crime. A conviction on second degree aggravated assault charges could lead to a sentence of 5-10 years in NJ State Prison.
After being arrested and processed, the suspect was moved to the Morris County Correctional Facility in Morristown, New Jersey. He was being held at the jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.
For more information about this case, go to the NJ.com article, “Cops Question ‘Person of Interest’ after Roxbury Truck Stop Stabbing.”