The victim reported the attack around 2:32 p.m. last Thursday. According to law enforcement, the suspect approached the victim while he was walking through the Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge and ordered the victim to give him his wallet.
After getting the victim’s cash and personal possessions, the suspect allegedly used a knife to stab the victim in the stomach.
The victim was able to dial 911 and alert local law enforcement, which dispatched police officers and emergency medical crews to the scene.
Emergency responders rushed the victim via ambulance to Newton Medical Center, where doctors treated him for his stab wounds. Thankfully, the victim’s injuries were not considered life threatening and he was expected to survive.
Meanwhile, several different law enforcement agencies, including the New Jersey State Police, the Sussex Police Department, the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office, and the US Department of Fish and Wildlife went to the scene and searched the national park for the suspect. Investigators reportedly found evidence that linked the suspect to the violent crime.
Two days after the attack, authorities located and arrested the suspect without incident.
The suspect is a 27-year-old man from Sussex, NJ. He faces a number of serious criminal charges, including armed robbery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and unlawful possession of a weapon.
Armed Robbery, Assault Charges Sussex County NJ
For further information about this case, view the NJ.com article, “Man Accused of Robbing, Stabbing Hiker at N.J. Wildlife Refuge.”