New Brunswick Man Charged With Stabbing Highland Park Resident

police-tapeHIGHLAND PARK — A New Brunswick man has been arrested and charged with assault and two weapons offenses for allegedly stabbing a Highland Park resident in the victim’s apartment, Andrew C. Carey and Chief Stephen J. Rizco of the Highland Park Police Department announced today.

Angel G. Cancel, 32, of New Brunswick was charged with aggravated assault, possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose following the stabbing of the 36-year-old man, whose identity is being withheld at this time.

Police were alerted to the incident at about 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 30, when officials at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick called, saying the victim was brought to the emergency room.

New Brunswick police responded to the hospital and detained Cancel, who subsequently was taken to Highland Park and charged with the stabbing.

Cancel is in custody, awaiting for bail to be set. The victim remains at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, where he is listed in stable condition, authorities said.

An investigation by Detective John Sachau of the Highland Park Police Department and Investigator Melissa Terpanick of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office determined that Cancel stabbed the victim in the victim’s apartment on South 11th Avenue in Highland Park, authorities said. The two men were described as acquaintances, officials said.

The investigation is continuing. Authorities are asking anyone with information to call Detective Sachau of the Highland Park Police Department at (732) 572-3800, extension 4224, or Investigator Terpanick of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-3711.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Cancel are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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