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UPDATE: Man Arrested for Violent North Plainfield Stabbing

North Plainfield

Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor and North Plainfield Chief of Police William Parenti announced the arrest of Mr. Sean D. Smith, 49, of Somerset Place, North Plainfield in relation to a stabbing that occurred in the early morning hours of January 12.

Prosecutor Robertson stated that on Tuesday, January 12, at approximately 4:51 a.m., North Plainfield Police Department received a 9-1-1 call reporting a victim with multiple stab wounds at a local motel.

Upon responding, officers located a 55-year-old North Plainfield resident with multiple stab wounds.  

Responding officers and medical personnel initiated life-saving measures at the scene and the victim was transported to a nearby trauma hospital for emergency treatment in critical condition. 

Officers on scene located the suspect in the stabbing within a hotel room and identified him as Sean D. Smith.  

Police say Smith was taken into custody by North Plainfield Police without incident and transported to North Plainfield Police Department.    

Detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, the Crime Scene Investigations Unit responded to the scene along with detectives from the North Plainfield Police Department to conduct the investigation.  

The investigation revealed that defendant Smith is known to the victim.  

Upon arrival at North Plainfield Police Department defendant Smith was subsequently transported to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries to his hand which was observed by the arresting officers. 

The investigation is on-going and no motive has been released by authorities.

Prosecutor Robertson stated that defendant Smith was charged with 1st-degree Attempted Murder and 2nd-degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose. Defendant Smith was lodged at the Somerset County Jail pending a detention hearing.