CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – A Rio Grande man has been charged with attempted homicide and aggravated assault with a weapon in connection with a stabbing at the Country Motel in Rio Grande, according to a joint press release by Cape May County Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor and Middle Township Police Chief Christopher Leusner.
Herbert Tozer, 51, has been lodged in the county jail pending court proceedings in connection with the stabbing of Robert Niemezua, 45, both Rio Grande residents.
Authorities said that at about 2:30 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 10, police responded to the Country Motel on Route 47, where they found Robert Niemezua, 45, suffering from a stab wound and a laceration to his neck.
Niemezura was airlifted to the Atlantic City Medical Center where he is listed in critical condition.
An investigation by officers with Cape May County Prosecutor's Office and the Middle Township Police Department turned up unspecified evidence in a Country Motel room, and Tozer was identified as a suspect, police said.
Tozer was later located at a residence in the 1400 block of Burleigh Road in Burleigh where he was taken into custody without incident.
Tozer was charged with first degree attempted homicide; second degree aggravated assault; third degree endangering an injured victim; third degree possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose; third degree hindering apprehension; and fourth degree unlawful possession of a weapon
Taylor said a person convicted of a first degree crime can be sentenced to term of 10 to 20 years in prison; a second degree crime is subject to five to 10 years; a third degree crime is subject to a term of imprisonment of three to five years; and a fourth degree crime can carry a sentence of up to 18 months in prison.
Taylor asks that anyone who has about the incident to contact the his office at 609-465-1135, or the Middle Township police at 609-465-8700 or text TIP MTPDTIPS followed by a message to 888777 or through the Cape May County Sheriff’s Tip Line at cmcsheriff.net and click on the anonymous tip.