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Hillside Man Charged with Violent Stabbing of Woman


Police arrested a Union County resident on July 27, who is connected with the aggravated assault of a Hillside woman.   

Police said Mr. Maurice H. Ray Jr. of Hillside, 29, is charged with second-degree aggravated assault in a stabbing incident. 

The incident occurred on July 23, 2021, on Williamson Avenue in Hillside.  The victim and Mr. Ray were engaged in a verbal dispute.    

Police said Mr. Ray left the scene but returned with another female shortly after.  The female and victim engaged in a physical altercation.    

According to police  Ray got involved in the altercation and cut the victim’s neck.  When officers arrived at the scene, the victim was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

On July 26, 2021, Hillside Police Detective Jose Aguiar charged Mr. Ray on a warrant.  He was arrested on July 27, 2021, after Hillside Police Detectives observed him in a local establishment.  

Ray was lodged in the Union County Jail pending a first appearance.

Chief Vincent Ricciardi said, "I continue to be very proud of the work our officers and detectives do to keep our community safe and bring to justice those who harm others.    

The successful conclusion of this case and the speed in which our detectives did it is impressive."

These criminal charges are mere accusations. Each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.