Warrant Issued for Newark Man Wanted on Attempted Murder Charges

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Erwin Rucal, 39, of Newark, on attempted murder charges following a domestic violence incident last night.

According to authorities, at approximately 9:30 p.m., police responded to a North Ward residence on a call of an assault.

Arriving officers determined a woman at the location had been assaulted by a man she knows.

Police say the victim suffered a knife wound and was transported to University Hospital in critical condition.

Detectives investigating this incident have identified Erwin Rucal as a suspect in this incident and have secured a warrant for his arrest on charges of Attempted Murder, Aggravated Assault, Terroristic Threats, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon and Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose.

Police describe Rucal as 5’6” tall, 200 lbs., has a fair complexion, black hair, brown eyes and has a tattoo of a spider on his neck.

While police are actively searching for Rucal, they seek the public’s assistance in quickly locating and removing him the streets. This investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Erwin Rucal to call the Department's 24-hour Crime Stopper tip line at 1-877-NWK-TIPS (1-877-695-8477) or 1-877-NWK-GUNS (1-877-695-4867).  All anonymous Crime Stopper tips are kept confidential and could result in a reward.

Anonymous tips may also be made using the Police Division’s website at: www.newarkpd.org or through our Smartphone App available at iTunes or Google Play. Search Newark Police Division to download the App.