BOONTON — On Monday, April 15, at approximately 1:00 p.m., a male victim with a stab wound to his upper abdomen and a laceration to his face, contacted Town of Boonton Police Department via 911 saying he was confronted by another male in an aggressive manner with a knife in hand, on Main Street in the area of Church Street. Victim stated that the individual was previously known to him.
An immediate altercation ensued, at which time the suspect stabbed the victim and slashed him in the face. The victim reports the other party then fled the area. Town of Boonton Police Officers, assisted by Morris County Sheriff’s Office CSI and Officers from Boonton Township responded and canvassed the area at the time, but could not locate the suspect. After locating witnesses, it was determined the actor fled on a bmx style bicycle towards lower Main Street.
With help from our in-house Dispatch personnel, utilizing our Main Street Business District Camera System, the suspect was located on surveillance footage. Utilizing witness statements, the video footage, and other investigative techniques, our Detective Bureau was able to positively identify the suspect in question.
The suspect has been identified as Mr. Carlos E. Paguada, 28, Hispanic Male, of Boonton. Suspect is described as 5’2″ in height, weighs 150 pounds, has brown eyes, long black hair and a full beard.
The Suspect has been charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purposes, and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon. The suspect has been additionally charged with another count of Aggravated Assault from an unrelated incident the previous night, also in Boonton, in which he assaulted a female acquaintance causing bodily injury.
The victim was subsequently transported to Morristown Memorial Hospital for treatment and is expected to make a full recovery. The investigation is currently continuing and appears to be an isolated incident, and we do not believe there is any threat to public safety at this time, however the suspect should be considered armed & dangerous and urge the public not approach him if he is seen.
Anyone with additional information relating to the situation can contact the Town of Boonton Police Department Detective Bureau at (973) 402-9371 x613 (Det. Chris Petonak) or x611 (Det. Brian Walinski).