Westwood man slashed with knife by brother

 January 3rd, 2012

An argument between two Westwood brothers ended in bloodshed the morning of New Year’s Eve.

A man was slashed in the arm with a kitchen knife by his brother in an apartment at The Highlands in the early morning hours of Dec. 31. Police said the victim’s wound was non-life-threatening but required surgery.

The brothers, who were both living in a second floor apartment at The Highlands apartment complex on Cenrose Circle, were with their wife and girlfriend and children when the slashing occurred.

“Apparently they had been drinking quite heavily throughout the day and evening. A conversation had turned into an argument, which had turned into pushing and shoving and escalated…,” said Westwood Police Chief Frank Regino.

It was at that point, Regino said, that Felix Paulino, 33, grabbed a kitchen knife and slashed his brother from the shoulder to his elbow, causing a deep laceration.

After being slashed, the victim fled the apartment while being chased by Paulino. Police received “numerous” 911 calls from residents of the complex at about 4:12 a.m., Regino said, shortly after the brothers ran through the hallways and out of the building.

When police arrived the assailant was found outside of the apartment complex attempting to get back into the building, according to Regino. Paulino was arrested by police and charged with aggravated assault, possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes.

The victim, who is 30-years-old according to police, was transported to Hackensack University Medical Center after being found outside of the apartment complex.

Because children were present in the apartment during the stabbing, Regino said the Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS) were contacted. The Bergen County Sheriff’s Office BCI unit was also on hand to process the crime scene.

Paulino was released from Westwood Police headquarters later that afternoon after posting $25,000 bail, according to police. An order was also put in place by the judge that Paulino have no contact with his brother.

BY JASON BRAFF
MANAGING EDITOR
Pascack Valley Community Life
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