Absecon man charged in alleged knife assault

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ABSECON – An Absecon man was arrested Sunday afternoon as he was fleeing from an alleged knife assault in a downtown area, police said.

Carlos Vergara, 36, was charged with aggravated assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a weapon and several other motor vehicle violations, according to a news release issued by the Absecon Police Department.

He was jailed at the Gerard L. Gormley Justice Facility in Mays Landing in lieu of $25,000 cash bail.

Police responded to a 911 call reporting an altercation involving a knife 2:48 p.m. Jan. 8 in the area of the Dollar Does It Store near the intersection of New Jersey Avenue and North New Road, according to reports.

Vergara was attempting to flee the scene when officers arrived, according to reports, and witnesses pointed out his vehicle as the officers began pursuit. He was stopped and taken into custody a short distance from the store after what police called a “high-risk” pursuit.

A folding utility knife with a razor blade was found in the vehicle, police said.

The victim, Darryl Thompson, 50, of Atlantic City suffered lacerations to his right hand. He was transported by an ambulance to AtlantiCareRegionalMedicalCenter's Mainland Campus for treatment.

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