Former Montgomery Resident Charged with Attempted Murder in Hillsborough
By Barbara A. Preston | May 9, 2022
A 23-year-old man, who served jail-time for stabbing a man in Belle Mead last year, is now charged with attacking a dog-walker in the Flagtown section of Hillsborough on Wednesday, May 4, at 2 pm.
A Hillsborough resident called 911 to report he was attacked unprovoked while walking his dog, saying he was punched in the back. Hillsborough police officers at the scene said they determined the victim was bleeding from suspected stab wounds on his back. The victim was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Hillsborough police and the Somerset County Major Crimes Unit arrested Safi N. Hill, 23, who was on probation for a similar crime in Belle Mead, according to court records. Hill had been living on Equator Avenue in Flagtown since his release from jail. He is now charged with 1st degree Attempted Murder; 3rd degree Hindering Apprehension; and 3rd degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose.
Safi N. Hill, 23, who lived in Belle Mead last year, is charged with 1st degree attempted murder after allegedly stabbing a dog-walker in the back on Clawson Avenue, a quiet street in the Flagtown section of Hillsborough.
Hill was lodged at the Somerset County Jail pending a bail detention hearing as of May 10. Police are asking anyone with information related to this incident to contact the Somerset County Major Crimes Unit at 908.231.7100 or the Hillsborough Township Police Department at 908.369.4323.
Montgomery Township police had arrested Hill in April, 2021, for allegedly using a knife to stab a fellow Montgomery resident during a dispute. At that time, Hill lived with his family on Dominicus Court in Belle Mead.
Montgomery Township police had responded to multiple 9-1-1 calls to the area of Dominicus Drive for a report of a fight in progress involving a knife and at least one person suffering stab wounds on Thursday April 29, 2021 at 4:48 pm.
Upon arrival officers located a 27-year-old Montgomery Township male resident with multiple stab/laceration wounds to his torso, back, hands, and arm. It was related to responding officers the other party involved in the altercation had run into a nearby residence, possibly in the basement.
After a brief period of time, Montgomery Township police were able to convince Hill to exit the residence. Hill was taken into custody at the scene without incident.
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Montgomery Township officers had observed that Hill had sustained minor injuries during the altercation. Both police and Montgomery Township EMS Squad 47 transferred Hill to a local hospital for treatment.
The 27-year-old male victim was treated at the scene and refused further medical treatment.
The Somerset County Prosector's Officer said Hill had been charged with 2nd degree Aggravated Assault, 3rd degree Possession of a Weapon, 3rd degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, 3rd degree Terroristic Threats, and 3rd degree Criminal Mischief.
Hill was subsequently treated and released from an area hospital, transported and lodged at the Somerset County Jail, appeared before Superior Court Judge Kathy C. Qasim, found guilty of an aggregated charge, served 180 days, and was released on probation, according to portal.njcourts.gov.
There was no information on the portal regarding the motive for the assault.