ENGLEWOOD, N.J. -- An illegal alien from El Salvador on Monday admitted stabbing his Englewood housemate.
Jose Wilbur Hernandez-Cerrito, 24, pleaded guilty in Hackensack to aggravated assault in exchange for a six-year prison sentence -- of which he must serve a little over five years -- when he is sentenced on March 11. He remained held on $500,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail.
Hernandez-Cerrito surrendered to police at a bus stop a few blocks down the street from the West Palisade Avenue house where the two lived after he stabbed the then-27-year-old victim in the chest before dawn Aug. 21, 2014.
Detectives, who called him on his cellphone, found the knife during a subsequent search of the house, Detective Capt. Timothy Torell told CLIFFVIEW PILOT at the time.
Englewood Police 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 treated the stabbing as a domestic violence incident because the two were living together in the multi-family home.