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Illegal Salvadoran immigrant indicted on attempted murder charges in Englewood housemate stabbing

Photo Credit: Mary K. Miraglia, CLIFFVIEW PILOT Courthouse Reporter

YOU SAW IT HERE FIRST: An illegal alien from El Salvador who police said stabbed his Englewood housemate late last summer was indicted on attempted murder and illegal weapons charges.

Jose Wilbur Hernandez-Cerrito, 23, remained held on $500,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail, with an INS detainer to keep him there if he posts.

The 27-year-old victim was brought to Hackensack University Medical Center after being stabbed in the heart before dawn on Aug. 21 in the West Palisade Avenue house where the two lived.

Hernandez surrendered to police at a bus stop a few blocks down the street after they called him on his cellphone. Detectives found the knife during a subsequent search of the house, Detective Capt. Timothy Torell told CLIFFVIEW PILOT at the time.

Officers Giovanni Alise, Jose Sanchez and Leonidas Restrepo, along with EMT personnel, were credited with saving the victim’s life by slowing the bleeding enough for him to make it to HUMC’s trauma unit.

The officers immediately began administering first aid after responding to the 12:40 a.m. disturbance call. Emergency personnel took over moments later.

Authorities have not yet disclosed what the men were arguing about. They’re treating the stabbing as a domestic violence incident because the two were both living in the multi-family home.

FILE PHOTO: Mary K. Miraglia, CLIFFVIEW PILOT Courthouse Reporter

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