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Man indicted for attempted murder in ‘unprovoked’ stabbing attack of dog walker in Somerset County

SOMERVILLE, NJ (Somerset County) – A Somerset County man was indicted for stabbing a man, who was walking his dog, in May in Hillsborough Township, Acting Somerset County Prosecutor Annmarie Taggart announced Thursday.

Safi N. Hill, 23, of Hillsborough Township was indicted on charges of first-degree attempted murder, third-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and third-degree hindering apprehension or prosecution, Taggart said

On May 4, at around 2:00 p.m., police responded to the area of 9th Street and Clawson Avenue in the Flagtown section of Hillsborough Township in response to a 911 call for a report of an unprovoked attack on a man while he was walking his dog, Taggart said.

The victim initially reported being punched in the back of the head by the assailant but upon the arrival of emergency personnel, it was determined that he was bleeding from stab wounds to his back. He was then transported to a trauma unit for treatment, Taggart said.

Detectives from the Hillsborough Township Police Department, the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, and the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit assisted in the investigation.

Hill remains in the Somerset County Jail after being ordered detained pending trial by a Superior Court Judge, Taggart said.

Anyone with information relating to this case 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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