Jury Returns Guilty Verdict In 2008 Plainfield Stabbing

ELIZABETH — After only four hours of deliberation, a Union County jury returned a guilty verdict Friday against a 26-year-old Plainfield man for first-degree attempted murder, aggravated assault and weapon offenses, relating to a 2008 stabbing in Plainfield.

Francisco Demoscoso, a reputed high ranking member of the Latin Kings street gang, and fellow gang member Jorge Acosta were arrested following an extensive joint investigation by the Plainfield Police Department and the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, said Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow. Acosta was convicted of assault.


The trial stems from an incident that occurred outside of the Chez Marie night club in Plainfield in the early morning hours of Jan. 26, 2008. The victim, a 22-year-old Plainfield resident, had an altercation with Demoscoso and Acosta outside of the nightclub. When the victim ran from the altercation, he was chased down by Demoscoso and Acosta, where Acosta assaulted the victim and Demoscoso repeatedly stabbed the victim about his body and left him on the street for dead.

A good Samaritan approached the victim and flagged down a passing police car as the victim pleaded, “don’t let me die.” The victim was airlifted to a local hospital and after extensive trauma surgery, regained consciousness and survived the vicious attack.

Demoscoso, who has eight prior felony convictions, including for aggravated assault, faces life imprisonment when he and Acosta are sentenced on Jan. 14, 2011, by Union County Superior Court Judge Joseph Perfilio, said Union County Assistant Prosecutor Joshua McMahon who handled the prosecution.

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