Somerset County officials announced the indictment of Safi N. Hill, 23, of Hillsborough, for the May 4 stabbing of a fellow resident of the neighborhood.
The indictment charges the defendant with attempted murder, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and hindering apprehension or prosecution.
Somerset County Acting Prosecutor Annmarie Taggart stated that on May 4, at approximately 2:00 p.m., Hillsborough Police Officers were dispatched to the area of 9th Street and Clawson Avenue in the Flagtown section of Hillsborough Township in response to a 911 call by an individual reporting that he was attacked unprovoked while walking his dog in the area.
According to Prosecutor Taggart, the victim initially reported being punched in the back of the head by the assailant. Upon the arrival of emergency personnel, it was determined that the victim was bleeding from stab wounds to his back.
The victim was transported to a trauma unit for treatment.
Detectives from the Hillsborough Township Police Department and the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office Major Crimes Unit responded to conduct an investigation. The Somerset County Sheriff's Office K-9 unit also responded to assist.
Prosecutor Taggart said that Defendant Hill remains in the Somerset County Jail after being ordered detained pending trial by a Superior Court Judge.
Somerset County officials request anyone with information relating to this case to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100 or the Hillsborough Township Police Department at (908) 369-4323
Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers' Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477).
All anonymous Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.