Elizabeth Police Nab Stabbing Suspect

Alexander Kerton (Photo courtesy of Union County Prosecutor's Office)

Alexander Kerton (Photo courtesy of Union County Prosecutor’s Office)

ELIZABETH — Police arrested the suspect in a Friday afternoon stabbing last night, authorities announced.

At 6:45 p.m. on Nov. 18, Elizabeth Police Officers Daniel Rivera and Eduardo Lazada observed Alexander Kerton walking in the area of 28 Westfield Avenue.  The officers placed Kerton, who was in possession of a knife, under arrest without incident.  

A warrant that had been issued for Kerton, who was wanted for aggravated assault as a result of a stabbing Friday afternoon stabbing at a Morris Avenue rooming house.  Kerton allegedly stabbed a fellow resident, 56-year-old Walter Allen, numerous times.  Allen remained in University Hospital in Newark in guarded condition Tuesday morning.  

Kerton was take to the Elizabeth Municipal Jail, and bail was set at $50,000.  

The investigation into this incident, as well as the stabbing death of 67-year-old John Forte in the same Morris Avenue building last week, is being continued by Elizabeth Police Department Detectives Raymond Smith and David Derosa. As of midday Tuesday no charges had been filed in connection with the death of Forte.

Authorities are urging anyone with information about either of the stabbing incidents to contact the Elizabeth Police Department at 908-558-2011 or Detective Smith at 908-558-2017. A reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in connection with Forte’s death 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.

The charges against Kerton are merely accusations; he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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