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Man arrested after dog walker stabbed in ‘unprovoked’ attack in Somerset County

HILLSBOROUGH TOWNSHIP, NJ (Somerset County) – A Somerset County man has been arrested in relation to a stabbing that took place on Wednesday in Hillsborough Township, according to Acting Somerset County Prosecutor Annmarie Taggart.

On May 4, at around 2:00 p.m., police responded to the area of 9th Street and Clawson Avenue for a report of an unprovoked attack on a man while he was walking his dog, Taggart said.

The Hillsborough Township man initially reported being punched in the back by the assailant but police officers determined that he was bleeding from suspected stab wounds on his back. He was then transported to a nearby hospital for treatment, Taggart said.

As a result of this investigation, Safi N. Hill, 23, of Hillsborough Township was identified as the individual involved in the stabbing, Taggart said.

Hill was taken into custody on the same day without incident at his residence where a Somerset County Superior Court ordered search warrant was executed, Taggart said.

Hill was charged with first-degree attempted murder, third-degree hindering apprehension, and third-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. He was lodged at the Somerset County Jail pending a bail detention hearing, Taggart said.

Anyone with information relating to this investigation to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at 908-231-7100 or the Hillsborough Township Police Department at 908-369-4323 or via the STOPit app. The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ. Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). All anonymous STOPit reports, and Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.

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