After public appeal, Jersey City man arrested for attempted murder in Hoboken


After a public appeal, a Jersey City man was arrested for attempted murder in Hoboken for an early morning stabbing on Saturday, the Hoboken Police Department announced.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Randy Barrett, Jr., 21, of Jersey City, was charged with attempted murder, two counts of aggravated assault, possession of weapons for unlawful purposes, unlawful possession of weapons, theft, and burglary, the Hoboken PD said in a statement.

On March 16th, at approximately 4:15 a.m. Det. Sgt. Anthony Russo, Sgt. James Barbaro, and Police Officers Nicholas Protopapadakis, Michael Straten, Aaron Font, Arturo Gonzales, and Frank Losurdo responded to the area of Jefferson and Fourth Streets on reports of a stabbing.

When they arrived on the scene, they located a 22-year-old victim, who is not from Hoboken, with stab wounds to his chest.

Barbaro and Font rendered life-saving aid, by applying a chest seal and administering oxygen until the Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance arrived and transported the victim to an area hospital.

The victim was treated for his injuries, which included a collapsed lung, and was released a few days later.

An on-scene investigation revealed that four men confronted an individual, later identified as Barrett Jr., after witnessing him trying to break into parked cars.

During an altercation, Barrett, Jr. brandished a knife and stabbed a 22-year-old in the chest before fleeing the scene.

Further investigation into the stabbing by the Detectives Bureau, led by Police Officer Samuel Flores and Det. Connor Milne, identified Barrett, Jr. as the actor.

Barrett, Jr. was also connected to the break-in of at least one parked car in the same area, on the same night. That case was investigated by Det. Fabian Quinones. On March 19, 2024, two warrants were issued for his arrest on the aforementioned charges.

Barrett, Jr. turned himself into Hoboken Police Headquarters on Wednesday, was processed on all charges, and transported to the Hudson County Correctional Facility, officials said.

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