Two People Stabbed, Another Knocked Unconscious in Assault Near Seaman and Lee

UPDATE (6/11): Authorities revealed yesterday that 53-year-old Anastacio Hernandez, the man beaten in this incident, died the following day, while two others were stabbed with a broken bottle, treated at a hospital, and released.

The county prosecutor also announced charges have been filed against 28-year-old city resident Ernesto Monroy in the killing and assaults.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Police responded to a chaotic scene near the intersection of Seaman Street and Lee Avenue last night, where two people had been stabbed and another may have been struck with a bottle and knocked unconscious.

The first calls to police came in at approximately 8pm but dispatchers had trouble understanding what exactly was going on due to a language barrier.

"I need several ambulances here, at least two.  Multiple stabbings," said a voice on the police radio at approximately 8:06pm.

"Two heavy bleeders and one unconscious," said someone who had just indicated that others were on-scene performing CPR in an effort to save the lives of the victims.

At least one victim was found in the backyard of 188 Seaman Street, while others may have been in the street or on the sidewalk.

The New Brunswick Fire Department was also called to the scene after one of the victims suffered from cardiac arrest.

It is not clear if any suspects in this case were identified or captured, though one person was arrested at 8:26pm.  The status of the victims is also not known at this time.

Spokespersons for the New Brunswick Police Department and Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office did not immediately respond to inquiries about the incident.

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