Police: Homeless man arrested for knocking out, stomping on, man in Hoboken

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A homeless man was arrested on Friday afternoon for knocking a man out cold and stomping on his head before being detained by police, officials said.

Hoboken police

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Robert Crute IV, 29, who is homeless (though used to live in Bayonne), was charged with aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of a victim and bail jumping, according to Police Lt. Brian Brereton.

On Friday around 12:08 p.m., the defendant engaged in an argument with a 33-year-old Newark man in the area of in the area of 232 Washington St. The situation escalated to where Crute punched the victim in the face, knocking him to the ground and apparently rendering him unconscious, authorities said.

Crute then retrieved his belongings from the ground and proceeded to stomp on the victim’s head before fleeing the area. He was followed by a witness who was in contact with police dispatch, eventually getting arrested at 323 Hudson St., police said.

The defendant was taken to the Hudson County jail and given $15,000 bail with a 10 percent option for the aggravated assault, as well as a $5,000 bail with a 10 percent option for the bail jumping warrant out of Bayonne, officials said.

Meanwhile, the victim was transported and admitted to Hoboken University Medical Center where he is being treated for serious head trauma, authorities said.