Tinton Falls Houseguest Stabbed in Front of His Kids After Being Told to Leave Residence

A Tinton Falls woman is charged with stabbing a township man outside her Howard Avenue home on Monday, announced Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Natacha Perez, 35, is charged with one count each of first degree attempted murder, third degree endangering the welfare of a child, third degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and fourth degree unlawful possession of a weapon.

Perez is currently being held in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution, Freehold Township, on $300,000 bail with no option to post 10 percent, as set by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge John R. Tassini, J.S.C.

Tinton Falls Police Department responded to a report of a stabbing at 20 Howard Avenue sometime around 5 p.m. Monday. Upon arrival, police learned that a 29-year-old male victim had been transported to a local hospital prior to their arrival.  The victim remains in the hospital in stable condition, according to police.

A joint investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and Tinton Falls Police Department revealed Perez had allowed the victim to spend the weekend at her home with his girlfriend and his two children, but at some point during the day on Monday she became angry with the victim and demanded he leave her residence.

The victim gathered his things and left the residence, but while he and his two children waited outside for a ride, Perez exited her residence armed with two large knives and approached the victim.  She ultimately threw one of the knives at the victim, puncturing his chest, before lunging at him with the second knife. 

Perez was subdued and disarmed by people at the scene.   She was arrested and transported to the Tinton Falls Police Department. 

If convicted of the first degree crime of attempted murder, Perez faces a maximum custodial sentence of up to 20 years in a New Jersey state prison, subject to the provisions of the "No Early Release Act" (NERA) requiring her to serve 85 percent of the sentence imposed before becoming eligible for release on parole. She would also be under parole supervision for five years following his release from state prison.

If convicted of the third degree charges of possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and endangering the welfare of a child, she faces a maximum sentence of 5 years on each count.  For the unlawful possession of a Wweapon charge, she faces up to 18 months in state prison. 

The case is assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Meghan Doyle of the Office’s Major Crimes Bureau.

Howard Avenue, Tinton Falls, NJ