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Arrest Made in Hardwick Stabbing Incident

6:24 p.m.
An arrest has been made after a manhunt in connection with a reported stabbing in Hardwick Tuesday evening.

Police reported a suspect was taken into custody shortly after 5 p.m. No other details were made available at the time, including the name of the person arrested.

The subject of a search after the incident was named by police as Nelson Ariel Orellana-Vargas, 23. He was described as a Hispanic male, 5-feet, 1-inch, approximately 140 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black tee shirt with a dragon on it and jeans.

At approximately 10:20 p.m. Tuesday night, police responded to a report of a stabbing of a resident on Meadow Cliff Lane, off Sunset Lake Road in Hardwick. Orellana-Vargas had fled the scene, police said, initiating the search.

Police have not confirmed if Orellana-Vargas was the suspect they had in custody, nor has any information been released about the alleged victim.

This is a breaking story, and updates will be published as they develop.

Stabbing Suspect At Large in Hardwick

10:45 a.m.
A manhunt is currently underway in Hardwick Township and the surrounding area for a suspect wanted for attempted murder in connection with a stabbing on Meadow Cliff Lane off Sunset Lake Road in Hardwick.

State Police identified the suspect as Nelson Ariel Orellana-Vargas, a 23-year-old Hispanic male, 5-feet, 1-inch, approximately 140 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black tee shirt with a dragon on it and jeans.

The suspect is on foot and has been through the night. Police are asking the public to be alert and call 9-1-1 immediately to report anything suspicious or the State Police Troop B Station in Hope at 908-459-5098.

At approximately 10:20 p.m. Tuesday night, police responded to a report of a stabbing of a resident on Meadow Cliff Lane.

Hardwick Mayor Chris Jacksic said the suspect was believed to have dropped a knife at the scene but that he is still considered dangerous. Police are stressing that if anyone sees something or someone suspicious to call police and not to approach the suspect.

This is a breaking story, and updates will be published as they develop.

Joe Phalon
Joe Phalon, Contributing Writer
Contributing Writer

Joe was lured out of retirement by the opportunity to be a part of the Ridge View Echo. During a decades-long career in publishing and journalism, he has covered government on many levels from local school boards to the United States Supreme Court.

Along the way, Joe has worked at American Lawyer Magazine, The National Law Journal and The Record among other publications, and as the Press Officer of Columbia Law School. His work has been recognized with several first place awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the New Jersey Press Association.

Being part of the Ridge View Echo brings Joe back to his roots and the kind of news coverage he loves: Telling the stories of people and local communities as well as keeping an eye on how their money is spent by their government officials.

Joe lives in Blairstown with his wife Rose, the founder of Quilting for a Cause, and their two wiener dogs. He is an artist in his spare time.