UPDATED: Man with a knife barricades himself inside house in Guttenberg after car crash


A man with a knife has barricaded himself inside a house in Guttenberg on 70th Street after injuring a pedestrian in a car crash and assaulting another.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Today at approximately 8:49 a.m., the Guttenberg and North Bergen Police Departments were provided information about a motor vehicle accident at the Bergenline Avenue and 70th Street intersection, said Guttenberg Police Sgt. Aleksandar Ramadanovic.

Throughout this investigation, it was uncovered that a male suspect had crashed his vehicle, striking a pedestrian in the process. After crashing his vehicle, the suspect walked away from the vehicle and assaulted another pedestrian nearby.

Following these two incidents, the suspect managed to enter a residence on 70th Street armed with a knife. The residents of that home encountered the suspect, during which the suspect assaulted one of the residents.

As officers of the Guttenberg and North Bergen Police Departments converged on the home, the suspect barricaded himself inside. Shortly thereafter, it uncovered that the suspect’s vehicle was stolen from West Orange.

The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office, Hudson County Regional SWAT, and the West New York Police Department, all also responded to assist with the incident.

At 6:45 p.m., Ramadanovic released additional information on the suspect being apprehended.

After hours of attempted negotiations with the barricaded man, Malik Moore, 45, of Orange, was successfully taken into custody by operators from the Hudson County Regional SWAT team. He was then taken to a local hospital for a medical evaluation.

While an arrest was made, the Guttenberg Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Unit is leading an ongoing probe and additional charges are expected.

The Guttenberg PD also thanked all their local law enforcement and first responder partners for their assistance in the matter today.

“All of these agencies immediately responded to the aid of the residents of the Town of Guttenberg. Additionally, we’d like to thank North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue members, North Bergen Emergency Services, West New York Emergency Services, and Emergency Services from the Jersey City Medical Center.

If anyone has any information about this incident, they are encouraged to contact the Guttenberg Police Department at 201-868-3300 or email Ramadanovic at aramadanovic@guttenbergpolice.org or Det. Sgt. Martin Rysiec at mrysiec@guttenbergpolice.org.


Editor’s note: This story has been updated with new information. 

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