FRANKLIN (Somerset) — A 32-year-old man drove after and stabbed a man following an argument at a local gas station, according to Somerset County Prosecutor John McDonald.

Matthew Hall, of Franklin, is charged with first-degree attempted murder along with two counts of unlawful weapons possession.

McDonald said the argument between Hall and an unnamed male victim broke out at a gas station in Franklin shortly after midnight on July 23. It was just a verbal dispute at first until McDonald said that "Hall put his hands on the victim."

According to McDonald, the victim shoved Hall back, who then left the gas station to get a weapon from the trunk of his car. As Hall returned with the weapon, the victim drove away but not before Hall tried to strike him, McDonald said.

The intersection of Demott Lane and Easton Ave in Franklin, Somerset County. (Google Maps)
The intersection of Demott Lane and Easton Ave in Franklin, Somerset County. (Google Maps)

McDonald stated Hall then went to his car and drove after the victim until he caught up at the intersection of Demott Lane and Easton Ave. The victim had stopped at a traffic light.

Hall is accused of pulling up next to the victim's car and attempting to stab his neck and chest. The victim was able to stop the attack with his arm and suffered stab wounds to his hand and bicep.

Police found the victim soon after at a nearby hospital around 12:30 a.m. and started their investigation.

Hall was arrested four days later. He is being held at Somerset County jail

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A trip to New Jersey doesn't have to be all about the beach. Our state has some incredible trails, waterfalls, and lakes to enjoy.

From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to the hidden gems of New Jersey, you have plenty of options for a great hike. Hiking is such a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature, plus it's a great workout.

Before you go out on the trails and explore some of our listeners' suggestions, I have some tips on hiking etiquette from the American Hiking Society.

If you are going downhill and run into an uphill hiker, step to the side and give the uphill hiker space. A hiker going uphill has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.

Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless they are marked as an official trail, steer clear of them. By going off-trail you may cause damage to the ecosystems around the trail, the plants, and wildlife that live there.

You also do not want to disturb the wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.

Bicyclists should yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also yield to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you will encounter on the trails in New Jersey.
If you are thinking of bringing your dog on your hike, they should be leashed, and make sure to clean up all pet waste.

Lastly, be mindful of the weather, if the trail is too muddy, it's probably best to save your hike for another day.

I asked our listeners for their suggestions of the best hiking spots in New Jersey, check out their suggestions:

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