Police: Homeless man charged with attempted murder for knife attack in Hoboken


A homeless man was charged with attempted murder and a slew of other charges after stabbing a Hoboken man with a kitchen knife multiple times after “an argument over family matters,” police said. Hoboken police

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Derrick DellaCruz, 23, who is homeless but has a mailing address in Hoboken, is charged with attempted murder, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, hindering apprehension and several failure to appear warrants, according to Police Det. Sgt. Edgardo Cruz.

Around 11 a.m. yesterday, police responded to a call of a stabbing occurring between 311-321 Harrison St. Authorities responding to the incident saw blood at the scene but the victim and attacker were no longer present, officials said.

Police were still able to identify the victim and trace him back to his apartment, where he was found still bleeding from multiple stab wounds, authorities said.

The victim said he was stabbed with a kitchen knife and suffered wounds on the left side of his chest, near his heart, and another on his left arm that came with a deep, large laceration, police said.

The man said the argument began “over family matters” and he was transported to the Hoboken University Medical Center and later the Jersey City Medical Center-Barnabas Health for treatment, officials said.

According to the victim, the attacker initially left the scene, retrieved a kitchen knife and returned to the scene to stab him. After further investigating the scene, police determined that DellaCruz was hiding inside an apartment in a housing authority building, authorities said.

As detectives arrived at the residence and spoke with the tenant, they saw DellaCruz inside, prompting them to enter the apartment and arrest him, police said.

He was placed under arrest and given a $200,000 bail, cash or bond, officials said.