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2 charged after dispute ends with knife attack in Hackettstown

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – Two Hackettstown men were charged after they were involved in an argument that escalated to a knife attack Thursday morning. 

At around 3:00 a.m., police responded to a residence on the 100 block of Mountain Avenue for a report a person who was hit in the head with a knife, police said.

When officers arrived on scene, the officers observed Randie Banghart, 21, of Hackettstown, NJ standing outside the residence, police said.

Through a police investigation it was determined that Banghart and Jorge Tapia, 21, of Hackettstown, NJ were involved in a physical altercation inside the residence, police said.

During the altercation, Tapia allegedly pulled out a knife and struck Banghart on the top of his head with the ‘butt-end’ of the knife. Banghart suffered a laceration and bleeding to the immediate area, police said.

Banghart was charged with disorderly conduct and released pending a court appearance.

Tapia was charged with aggravated assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and disorderly conduct. He was then lodged in the Warren County Correctional Facility.

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