Friday, December 19, 2014

Police: Concert venue brawl leads to stabbing

LAKEWOOD, N.J. - Authorities say a man involved in a brawl at a concert in Ocean County later stabbed the other combatant after he saw him walking down a street.

Lakewood police said that Manuel Ramirez, 21, of Freehold was charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, and several weapons counts stemming from the attack, which occurred early Saturday. He was being held on $250,000 cash bail, and it was not known if he had retained a lawyer.

The victim, whose name was not released, suffered stab wounds to the chest, abdomen, face, and back. He was hospitalized in stable condition, and further details on his injuries were not disclosed.

Ramirez and the victim had an altercation at a concert at the Lake Terrace hall on Oak Street in Lakewood that resulted in their ejection from the show, which featured multiple bands and DJs, police told the Newark Star-Ledger. It was unclear what had sparked the brawl.

Ramirez and his girlfriend, Miriam Lopez, 22, of Brooklyn, N.Y., soon left in a cab to go home, while the other man left the area on foot.

When Ramirez and his girlfriend saw the other man walking along the street, they asked the cabdriver to stop, authorities said. The couple then got out and approached the victim, authorities said, and Ramirez allegedly started stabbing him.

Lopez was charged with hindering the apprehension of Ramirez. She was being held on $75,000 cash bail, and it was not known if she had retained a lawyer.

Associated Press
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