PATERSON, NJ MAN CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER AND WEAPON OFFENSES
For Immediate Release:
December 29, 2023
Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of CHRISTIAN A. VELEZ (DOB: 11/11/1999; single; unemployed) of Paterson, NJ on charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and unlawful possession of a weapon. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Jason Love and the Paramus Police Department under the direction of Chief Robert M. Guidetti.
On Thursday, December 28, 2023, the Paramus Police Department contacted the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit regarding a stabbing that occurred on Route 4 East in Paramus following what was reportedly a road rage incident. Responding officers located a 28-year-old male victim with multiple stab wounds to his back, side, and arm. The victim was transported to Hackensack University Medical Center where he is in stable condition. The suspect fled the scene.
As a result of the investigation, on Thursday, December 28, 2023, CHRISTIAN A. VELEZ was arrested in Belleville, NJ and charged with first-degree attempted murder, N.J.S.A. 2C:5-1/2C:11-3(a)1; third-degree aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1b(2); third-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4d; and fourth-degree unlawful possession of a weapon, N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5d. VELEZ was remanded to the Bergen County Jail pending his first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack, NJ.
Prosecutor Musella states that the charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. He would like to thank the Paramus Police Department and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in this investigation.