Union City man arrested for stabbing man outside popular Hoboken bar, official says


A Union City man was arrested for stabbing a man outside of a popular Hoboken bar early Friday morning, public safety spokeswoman Marci Rubin said.

William Paneque. Photo courtesy of the Hoboken Police Department.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

There was a stabbing just outside of the Madd Hatter, located at 221 Washington St., on Friday, September 29th, at approximately 2 a.m., Rubin said in an email.

Police Officers Nicholas Protopapadakis, Aaron Font, and Michael Straten responded, and when they arrived, they located one victim with non-life-threatening stab wounds to his buttocks.

Witnesses informed officers that the suspect had gone back into the bar, but police determined that he was no longer on the scene.

Sgt. Luke Zeszotarski, Sgt. Dennis Figueroa, Detective Ryan Hougton, and Police Officers
Christopher Soto, Shawn Sodora, Enrico Gnassi, Joseph Spano, Marvin Dejesus, and Matthew Bonanno arrived on scene.

A perimeter was established, the area canvassed, and evidence collected. The victim was treated on scene by the Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps and transported to Jersey City Medical Center for further evaluation. He was released after treatment.

A follow up investigation by Det. Christine Collins positively identified Willam Paneque, 24, of Union City, as the attacker.

He was charged with aggravated assault, possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, and unlawful possession of a weapon.

He turned himself in on Sunday around 5 p.m., was processed by Officers Harold Milne and Anthony Azzoline, and transported to the Hudson County Correctional Facility, Rubin added.


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

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