UPDATE (3/27): Police announced the arrest of 19-year-old city resident Romeo Salas on charges with Attempted Murder, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon.
Romeo Salas was the suspect in a stabbing incident at a Suydam Street house party on March 22 at approximately 12:15am.
A 26-year-old city resident claimed to have been stabbed by Salas after they argued over a cigarette, according to police. He was hospitalized after being stabbed eight times in the chest, back, abdomen, and arms.
Salas was arrested when he turned himself in to detectives at NBPD headquarters on March 26.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Police and emergency medical personnel were dispatched to an apparent stabbing at a house party on Suydam Street near the Northeast Corridor railroad tracks shortly after midnight on March 22, according to police radio transmissions.
At about 12:16am, a call came in fron the scene of a "large party" where the victim had been stabbed. Police arrived within minutes despite being stretched thin due to a number of other serious investigations.
A single victim was transported to a local hospital in an ambulance. Police described a scene in the rear of 328 Suydam Street with "a lot of blood on the ground."
At first, police believed a suspect was hiding in a nearby basement, but they were not able to locate them, according to the transmissions.
The stabbing incident comes just hours after a shooting injured another man near Pine Street Park, and on the heels of several disturbances in the city and a possible shooting reported just across the county line in Franklin Township.
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