Police: Bayonne woman hit with dumbbell, man stabbed during fight over cell phone

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A Bayonne woman was hit in the head with a dumbbell and a man was stabbed with a kitchen knife as two couple’s fought over a lost cell phone, police said.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Raymond Rouse, 21, and India Schenck, 22, both of Bayonne, were charged with aggravated assault, burglary, theft and conspiracy, according to Police Lt. Eric Amato.

Additionally, Schenck was charged with possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, officials said.

Rouse and Schenck were taken into custody around 4:45 p.m. yesterday from the area of West 20th Street. Officers responded to that location on a report of a stabbing.

Upon arrival, they observed a male, later identified as Rouse, standing outside of a residence with an apparent arm injury. Officers then entered the building and responded to the apartment, occupied by a 32-year-old male victim and the 30-year-old female victim.

The victims reported that, while inside their apartment with their children, they heard a loud banging at their apartment door. The female victim responded to the door to see who was there.

Once she opened the door, she was met by Rouse, who advised her that a GPS tracking program for his lost cell phone led him to that apartment where the phone was supposedly at.

The female victim advised Rouse that no one in the apartment had the cell phone and closed the door.

Several minutes later, the banging at the door continued. As the female victim responded back to the door with her personal cell phone in hand, she spoke to the female actor from behind the closed door, authorities said.

As she began to open the door, Schenck pushed open the door, forcing the victim backwards further into the kitchen before she grabbed the victim by the hair, police said.

After a brief struggle, the victim was able to push Schenck out of the apartment and into the hallway. Once in hallway, Schenck gained possession of a dumbbell from the floor and
struck the female victim on the back of her head with it, officials said.

At this time, the male victim exited the bedroom to investigate the commotion. While doing so, he was punched in the face by Rouse, causing the male victim to fall to the floor and temporarily lose consciousness, authorities said.

Once he regained consciousness, he continued to be assaulted by Rouse as he attempted to stand up. It was at this time that the male victim gained possession of a kitchen knife and stabbed Rouse’s arm with it, police said.

During the assault, Schenck had also gained possession of a broom in the hallway and
struck the female victim with it. The actors then fled the apartment as the female victim utilized her daughter’s cell phone to call the police, officials said.

Both Rouse and Schenck were located outside of the building and, after an on-scene
investigation, were placed under arrest.

At some point during the assault, the female victim’s cell phone was removed from the apartment or hallway area and was unable to be located.

Rouse and both victims were treated at the Bayonne Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries sustained during the altercation, police said.