Passaic County officials announce that based upon an investigation by the Paterson Police Department, Maisara Mousa, 22, of Paterson and Amer Mousa, 20, of Paterson were arrested in relation to a stabbing investigation that took place April 18, in the area of Paxton Street and 6th Avenue in Paterson.
According to officials, Maisara Mousa is charged with Attempted Murder, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon. Amer Mousa is charged with Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon.
According to police, on April 18, at approximately 11:55 p.m., members of the Paterson Police Department responded to the area of Paxton Street and 6th Avenue in Paterson, after receiving a report of a motor vehicle accident.
Police said that upon arrival, members of the Paterson Police Department observed a white Ford Mustang that had crashed into a nearby house. Maisara Mousa was identified as the driver of the vehicle. The residents of the home were not injured.
While investigating the motor vehicle crash, police officials said that officers were approached by two victims, a 20-year-old male Paterson resident who had been stabbed several times, and a 20-year-old male Paterson resident who had been struck in the head with a tire iron.
Police said that the victims reported that they were assaulted by two individuals. After the incident, the suspects fled in the Ford Mustang, which subsequently crashed. Both victims were transported to St. Josephs University Medical Center in Paterson, for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
Based on the investigation, detectives identified Maisara Mousa and Amer Mousa as the actors. Maisara Mousa was detained at the scene and placed under arrest. Amer Mousa, who fled the scene after the crash, was located at Saint Joseph’s University Medical Center and transported to the Paterson Police Department for further investigation and subsequently arrested on April 19, at approximately 7:17 a.m.
The State intends to file a motion for pretrial detention for Maisara Mousa that will be heard by a Superior Court Judge. Amer Mousa will be seen at Central Judicial Processing Court (CJP) on April 20, at 1:30 and will be released on conditions. Amer Mousa’s charges have been referred to the Passaic County Grand Jury.
The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office asks anyone with additional information about this incident to contact them on their tips line at 1-877-370-PCPO or firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Paterson Police Major Crimes Division at 973-321-1120.