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Man Slashes Cousin, Provides False ID, Cops Say

Sussex Avenue resident allegedly tried to conceal his identity following incident.

A Sussex Avenue resident was arrested after police say he slashed his cousin with a knife during an evening of alcohol.

Cristobal Rodriguez, 30, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a weapon and hindering apprehension shortly after 1 a.m. on Jan. 15.

According to a report filed by officer Joseph Heuneman, police responded to Sussex Avenue on report of a man being assaulted with a knife. When he arrived, Heuneman found officer Roberto Rosado speaking with a man in Spanish.

That man told Rosado, according to Heuneman's report, that his cousin, identified as Rodriguez, had attacked him with a knife. Heuneman noted in his report the victim had an approximately 3-inch bleeding laceration behind his left ear.

The victim directed the officers to the apartment in the house where he said his cousin lived, the report said. When the officers confronted Rodriguez about the incident, he said his name was "Javier Santos" and he did not have any identification on him, according to the report.

A search through his apartment found a wallet with identification indicating the man was Rodriguez, according to the report. He was placed under arrest and transported to the Morristown Police Department for processing.

While being treated at Morristown Medical Center, the victim told police his cousin had invited him over to drink that night and at one point opened a dresser drawer to reveal a folding knife, the report said. Rodriguez opened the knife and then, without provocation or prior dispute, attempted to assault the victim, according to the report.

The victim made it outside of the house but Rodriguez caught up with him, pushed him down and slashed him behind the ear with the knife, according to the report. Rodriguez then ran back inside.

Due to heavy rains that evening, nothing could be seen as evidence outside where the incident allegedly occurred, according to the report.

Meanwhile at Morristown Police headquarters, Rodriguez continued to deny his name, saying he was "Javier Santos," the report said.

The knife alleged to have been used in the incident also was found in plain view next to where Rodriguez had been sitting in his apartment, closed and with blood on the blade, according to the report.

While processing his Prisoner Property Sheet, the man signed his name as "Cristobal Rodriguez," according to the report.

Rodriguez was transported to the Morris County Detention Center in lieu of $25,000 bail with no 10 percent option. An Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) inquiry also was submitted, per attorney general guidelines, according to the report.

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Chris January 21, 2013 at 04:24 PM
There is always trouble in that part of town. It seems that all the violence in town stems from either the north or the west part of town. Good to know they are getting ICE involved to try and clean up that area.
Jay Bell January 22, 2013 at 06:29 AM
Bye, bye idiot. www.firebrandcentral.com
Yolanda Navarrete Mendez January 22, 2013 at 12:03 PM
I hate to hear about this happening in our town. If the victim is undocumented and he continues to cooperate with the police, he may qualify for a U Visa.
Sam January 22, 2013 at 12:19 PM
And we would want him here, WHY???
Yolanda Navarrete Mendez January 22, 2013 at 12:36 PM
I didn't say we would want him or anyone here. I don't know anything about the individuals to form an opinion about this. It is a fact, however, that when an undocumented alien cooperates with the solving of a crime, he is eligible to apply for a visa to stay. As with every good thing, I am sure this is over-used and abused.
BiggDogg January 22, 2013 at 01:43 PM
They should open up the book of cases on all the Spanish on Spanish crime and see how many of the victims were undocumented, and then see if they now hold citizenship. Sounds like a messed up loophole for idiots and future Darwin award winners.
Sam January 22, 2013 at 04:08 PM
Even if the undocumented committed the crime, Yolanda?
Doug January 22, 2013 at 04:25 PM
I have a dream that illegals will respect our laws, language and country. They will come into the United States legally, not bring in contraband, crime and gangs. They will fly the American Flag and not look for a hand out. Unfortunately illegals and the children of these criminals do not do any of this.
Yolanda Navarrete Mendez January 22, 2013 at 04:37 PM
Sam, it is only the victim of the crime that may qualify for the U Visa.
Jonathan ayala January 22, 2013 at 06:16 PM
Im the child of immigrants and my parents never looked for a handout they paid their taxes just like every other working american in this country. I myself am a united states marine and serve my country. It is extremely ignorant to judge a whole group of people over an idiot or two that commit a crime. There is plenty of drunken people of all races doing stupid shit every day. So doug vete pal carajo
Doug January 22, 2013 at 08:20 PM
Every citizen in Morristown has the right to judge knowing that these people are here illegally. They are not paying taxes and have zero right to be in our country nor our town. Also, I don't know where you come from but the normal bar crowd in Morristown are not stabbing each other in the face maybe in Honduras but not here.
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk January 23, 2013 at 12:15 AM
They are bringing with them more state dependents, human sex trafficking, drugs. The younger men here have no entertainment but to drink and eventually this leads to other violent crimes. If we would just stop the handouts many of these problems would resolve themselves, but the progressives want to give them hand outs and soon we will be giving them the right to vote. But we really need to stop issuing them tax refunds and food stamps. Then they would return home.
Yolanda Navarrete Mendez January 23, 2013 at 01:21 AM
Stereotypes are never correct. Most people that live in Morristown pay taxes. They have a tax I.d. The ratio of crimes committed is no different than what I see of those who are now US citizens. We are a country of immigrants. If many have come without documents it is because our country has allowed it. Most are here for a better life like our parents. Judging and assuming is dangerous and prejudiced. I hope you will reconsider.
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk January 23, 2013 at 01:30 AM
Yolanda. The difference is that prior immigrants came over thru support by other family members or on their own savings. Today the get assistance from the government. This sets a horrible president. when these people end up as citizens they tend to vote away other peoples tax money for assistance programs to more illegals. This is kind of what is happening now. Our country is broke and operating on borrowed money. If you want to come over here you do so over the bridge and not around it or under it. There are a many people waiting in lines. This is not racists it is the right way to do it.
Lisa January 27, 2013 at 02:37 PM
Just because they have a tax id. does NOT mean they are here legally. I hope you know that. I do know it; I've met people who have a tax id that they have received because they have purchased a "number". I seriously doubt that you aren't aware of this. As far as crime in Morristown and the percentage that is caused by illegals is rising, please get your head out of the sand. A relative was in law enforcement in the area and called INS often. They rarely would do anything. As my relative said, MOST calls they go on are for domestic violence in these households. Get your facts straight.
Lisa January 27, 2013 at 02:41 PM
Yes, unfortunately this does happen. Don't believe me? Check out the organization "Wind of the Spirit" that "helps" Spanish speaking immigrants acclimate to this area. One of their suggestions was to have children asap.
Lisa January 27, 2013 at 02:43 PM
Start buying houses on that side of town. Problem solved.
Navarrete Law January 27, 2013 at 03:01 PM
I am neither agreeing nor disagreeing, depending on the comments. I am not defending nor condemning. I wrote to clarify a few points I read that were not correct. I didn't say a tax I.d. means someone has legal status. I said many get a tax I.d. and pay income tax. Having children doesn't help their status. Children can't claim their parents until they are 21 years old. I agree and am disappointed when crimes are committed by anyone. I have not found that the undocumented commit more crimes than US citizens. It's pretty even. I have had the occasion to meet many hard working individuals.
Yolanda Navarrete Mendez January 31, 2013 at 12:22 PM
Today I just read of a new crime. The perpetrator does not have a Hispanic name.

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