ELIZABETH – Police are investigating two stabbings that took place within a 24-hour period at the same Morris Avenue rooming house, one of which was fatal.
On Thursday, Nov. 14, at 9:52 p.m., officers from the Elizabeth Police Department responded to the first reported stabbing. The 52-year-old victim was subsequently transported to University Hospital in Newark with multiple stab wounds, where he was listed in critical condition Monday.
On Friday, Nov. 15, at 1:30 p.m. officers returned to the rooming house to find 67-year-old John Forte dead in his room, an apparent victim of a homicide.
An investigation by Elizabeth detectives into the initial stabbing resulted in the issuance of a warrant for 34-year-old Alexander Kerton, a resident of the rooming house at 376 Morris Avenue in Elizabeth.
Kerton also uses the names Kevin Kerton and Kevin Cooper, according to police. He is approximately 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, with very short black hair and brown eyes. The subject does not have a vehicle and frequently travels by train or bus, police said. Authorities are asking anyone with information about the suspect to immediately call the Elizabeth Police Department at 908-558-2011 or Detective Raymond Smith at 908-558-2017.
A reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment is being offered by the Union County Crime Stoppers; tips can be given anonymously by phone at 908-654-TIPS (8477), via text message by texting “UCTIP” and a message to 274637 (CRIMES), or online at www.uctip.org.
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