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Throat Stabbing Ends Verbal Dispute, Police Say

One Hackettstown man hospitalized, another detained by immigration services.

A dispute between two men in Hackettstown Saturday night resulted in one being stabbed in the neck and immigration detainer, Hackettstown Police said.

Police found Nelson Granados-Oviedo, 23, of Hackettstown, with a wound to his neck when they responded to a physical dispute on Main Street, Det. Darren Tynan said.

An investigation revealed Miguel Guerra-Arias, 50, of Hackettstown, and Granados-Oviedo began arguing, which led to the older man stabbing the younger in the throat with a knife, Tynan said.

Granados-Oviedo was taken to Hackettstown Regional Medical Center and was later transported to Hackensack University Medical Center.

Guerra-Arias was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and aggravated assault with a weapon.

An immigration detainer has been put on Guerra-Arias by Immigration & Customs Enforcement, Tynan said. He was lodged in the Warren County Correctional Facility in lieu of $10,000 bail.

For questions about this post, email jason.koestenblatt@patch.com.

riffian metal August 20, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Let's hope justice is served, and Immigration does their job.
Reality Chuck August 22, 2012 at 11:31 AM
So stabber was the only one of the two involved that was an illegal immigrant? I know if it were me, I would have to pay for the medical treatment, ambulance transportation, and a lawyer.....and that's if i were the VICTIM!
LV Taxpayer August 22, 2012 at 11:35 AM
It's just a matter of time until these onesy-twosy events become gang-related. Now's the time to deport anyone who is here illegally!
Steve Marinaccio August 22, 2012 at 11:42 AM
I think that it's time to clean up H Town beyond planting new trees
deb knobelman August 22, 2012 at 11:46 AM
the headline "throat stabbing ends verbal dispute, police say" makes either the police or the headline sound silly, possibly both.
Liberty August 22, 2012 at 12:33 PM
It is a silly headline. If I were stabbed in the throat, I'd probably stop talking, too! Not to worry--I'm sure they both are tax-paying citizens or legal green card holders and have medical insurance. The incident won't cost us a cent. Oh yeah, and there's a bridge in Brooklyn I'm selling today--cheap!
LV Taxpayer August 22, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Remember this on Election Day!
Gary Christopher August 22, 2012 at 02:03 PM
The Long Valley I remember when we moved two years ago was a relatively safe peaceful community. I enjoy the LV Patch however if I were relying on it to decide whether to move here or not I would be mislead by the patch. Your emphasis is on crime - crime which more than not takes place in H town which is more than a mountain removed from our peaceful valley - H town is not LV - maybe we need two distinct separate patches before you ruin our good name - Gary Christopher - gchristopher@realeda.com
Liberty August 22, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Gary, I totally agree! I said something similar on another Patch blog. It's titled the "LongValleyPatch" but like you said, draws on stories from other communities. It's not the NY Times! There is enough local news & info from Long Valley alone to support this small newsletter.
Angelo August 22, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Good point. However, there is no escaping that crime is not going to respect a town/township boundary.
Liberty August 22, 2012 at 03:22 PM
That's true. But on this little neighborhood Patch, couldn't we just hear about our "own" crime, what there is of it? We have the Ledger & the Record reporting the larger area, with enough crime to depress us.
Judi August 22, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Have we all forgotten all the drugs arrests and DWI's in Long Valley???? So..Long Valley is NOT as perfect as you all make it out to be....We should be aware of all that goes on in our neighboring towns..
Claire August 22, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Much of the arrests were cars passing through on Rt 46 and not people in LV. They were on their way to Hackettstown. No town is perfect but the Patch does make us look worse than we are. I agree with Gary, its misleading headlines.
Hookerman August 22, 2012 at 05:01 PM
And ironically, while there is lots of news reported from the Hackettstown area, whenever there is a poll for area businesses, it is limited to Long Valley/Chester/Mendham, even through the Hackettstown area is for more convenient to Washington Twp residents than either Chester or Mendham is.
Liberty August 22, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Long Valley is not perfect; no place is perfect. This rinky-dink LongValleyPatch should report LV news & events as it relates to its residents. We are aware of what goes on in neighboring towns (unless you live in a cave) by just picking up a newspaper or watching the news!
MTSO August 22, 2012 at 07:47 PM
It should state it in the headline. "Throat slashing in Hackettstown", as the headline. Without it, it implies that it happened in Long Valley as it is the LV Patch. Again, it is a misleading headline.
LVrandomname August 22, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Ahh Miguel... If only NJ had the same approach as AZ to these matters.
Hattori Hanzo August 23, 2012 at 02:35 AM
This just in! A pair of sunglasses have ended a staring contest.
Liberty August 23, 2012 at 02:43 AM
In Hackettstown or Long Valley?!
deb knobelman August 23, 2012 at 10:00 AM
claire- most of the drug stuff is "passing through" long valley? don't think so. most of the arrests, maybe. but the problems? right here in river city.
Claire August 23, 2012 at 11:06 AM
deb - my comment was in reference to Judi's, I said most of the "arrests" which is what is written about in patch.
Liberty August 23, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Well, now we can move on to the Cornfield Caper and the fact our township no longer has a 911 dispatcher. Better yet, let's applaud the acquisition of new acreage for preservation on Schooley's Mountain!
Jan Shere September 04, 2012 at 03:30 PM
You're cash is supporting these illegals, cleaning up your yards and pruning your tree's.They can't afford to live in LV so they get picked up in Hackettstown on the corners. You might as well see what hiring undocumented workers do to the surrounding communities
LV Taxpayer September 04, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Not mine!
Jan Shere September 04, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Not mine either LV taxpayer, but the population of HT is full of illegal / undocumented immigrants who are using the area to gain income under the table. If everyone stops using this resource they will move to where they can gain illegal employment. These people receive food stamps, WIC, Medicaid, free electric and gas, phone, inexpensive housing as long as they have an anchor baby. If they get picked up by local landscape companies to use them for day jobs they will stay. FYI Most illegals/undocumented aren't a problem, but all towns are responsible for this issue.
LV Taxpayer September 04, 2012 at 04:28 PM
If they're illegal/undocumented, they're a problem. Period. Vote out the politicians who allow/encourage this.
Hookerman September 04, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Not mine! The guy who takes care of our yard get paid nothing... but he does get to sleep with my wife.
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