SEASIDE PARK — A man was stabbed multiple times during a home break-in around dawn on Thursday.
The 39-year-old homeowner called police from his Seaside Park home and said a person who broke into his home around 5:15 a.m. tried to kill him, according to Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer. Arriving officers found the man with stab wounds to the arms, chest, abdomen and groin.
An investigation led police to Porfirio Serrano-Cruz, 38, of Seaside Heights who was charged with first-degree attempted murder, and second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, burglary and possession of Clonazepam without a valid prescription.
Clonazepam is a medication prescribed to control seizures or fits caused by epilepsy, involuntary muscle spasms and panic disorder, according to Webmd.com. Among its side effects in a small number of people are mood or mental changes, depression and suicidal thoughts.
Billhimer did not disclose if Serrano-Cruz removed anything from the home or if anyone else was there.
Serrano-Cruz is being held at the Ocean County Jail.
The homeowner was taken to Jersey Shore University Hospital and was in critical condition on Friday.
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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.
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