Suspect charged for attempted murder of 73-year-old man in Hawthorne

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HAWTHORNE, NJ – Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Hawthorne Police Chief James W. Knepper announce that based upon an investigation by the Hawthorne Police Department, Ryan Thompson, 44-years-old from Hawthorne, New Jersey was arrested in relation to a stabbing investigation that occurred October 13, 2021, in the area of Minerva Avenue and Hawthorne Avenue in Hawthorne, New Jersey.

Ryan Thompson is charged with Attempted Murder, FirstDegree; Aggravated Assault, Second-Degree; and Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, Third-Degree. On October 13, 2021, at approximately 6:30 p.m., a 73-year-old male Vernon, New Jersey resident entered the Hawthorne Police Department Headquarters and informed officers he had been stabbed. The victim was immediately transported to Saint Joseph’s University Medical Center in Paterson, New Jersey for treatment. Based on the investigation, Ryan Thompson was identified and later arrested in the area Minerva Avenue and Hawthorne Avenue.

The sentencing exposure for Ryan Thompson on First-Degree Attempted Murder is 10-20 years New Jersey State Prison with 85% of the term to be served before parole eligibility pursuant to the No Early Release Act and 5 years parole supervision; on Second-Degree Aggravated Assault is 5 to 10 years in New Jersey State Prison with 85% of the term to be served before parole eligibility pursuant to the No Early Release Act and 3 years parole supervision; and on ThirdDegree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose it is 3-5 years New Jersey Prison The State intends to file a motion for pretrial detention that will be heard by a Superior Court Judge.

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