Video Game Argument Leads To Stabbing Charge

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LINDEN – A city man was charged with stabbing an Elizabeth man after getting into an argument while playing a video game, according to authorities.

Anthony Bernard Holmes, 43, was charged with aggravated assault, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, according to police.


Officers were summoned to a home on the 500 block of Hussa Street at 3:45 p.m. on Jan. 28 according to Detective Lt. James Sarnicki.

The victim, a 24-year-old Elizabeth man, told police that had gotten into a dispute with Holmes and was asked to leave the residence. While he was walking out the door, Holmes allegedly approached the victim and punched him in the lower back. The victim felt pain, so he lifted up his shirt and saw that he was bleeding from a cut, Sarnicki said. He told police that he did not see what cut him.

The victim identified Holmes, who was arrested and taken to Union County Jail according to Sarnicki. Bail was set at $65,000. The victim was treated at the scene by a Linden Fire Department ambulance and taken to Trinitas Hospital in Elizabeth for further evaluation, according to police.

The weapon used in the crime was not recovered, according to Sarnicki.

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