VINELAND — The police officer stabbed in the head in the line of duty Wednesday was released from the hospital, and bail has been set at $500,000 for the man charged with attempted murder in connection with the attack, authorities said Thursday.
Officer John Warrington, a 14-year veteran of the city force, allegedly was stabbed by 27-year-old Johnny Flores at a home in the 700 block of South Valley Avenue. Flores lives at the residence.
A person at the house Thursday said no one was available to comment.
Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae declined comment on the cause of the confrontation involving Warrington, another unidentified officer and Flores.
Warrington and the other officer were called to check on the well-being of a resident at the house where the attack happened, authorities said.
A copy of Flores’ arrest warrant released by the Prosecutor’s Office reports Warrington was stabbed or slashed in the face and head “during a fight.”
VINELAND — A city resident was charged with attempted murder Wednesday after he allegedly st…
Police said officers arrived at the house shortly after 1:30 p.m. Wednesday with a member of the state Department of Human Services. Department spokeswoman Ellen Lovejoy said the department wasn’t involved in the stop. Instead, Lovejoy said, the officers were accompanied by a member of the state Department of Children and Families.
That department, according to its website, is charged with ensuring the “safety, well-being and success of New Jersey’s children and families.” Department spokesman Ernest Landante said state and federal laws prevent the department from commenting on why one of its employees went to Flores’ home Wednesday or whether the employee was injured, he said.
Residents in the 700 block of South Valley Avenue said Flores lived in the house with a woman and several children. They also said police had visited the house several times over the past few years.
A review of Superior Court documents indicates Flores had no criminal record.
However, he is now charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a weapon. Flores is being held in the Cumberland County jail in Bridgeton on $500,000 bail.
Webb-McRae said Flores’ first Superior Court appearance on those charges will likely involve a bail hearing. Superior Court officials said a date for that hearing has not been set.
The city’s Police Department is becoming the first in the county to use body cameras. City Council in February approved the purchase of 53 cameras, a $25,472 buy financed by state funds.
Police Chief Timothy Codispoti couldn’t be reached for comment on whether Warrington and the other officer were wearing body cameras, and on other aspects of Wednesday’s incident.
The incident was another in a series of violent occurrences recently in the region.
Shortly after the stabbing, the Prosecutor’s Office issued a call for the public’s help in solving 15 shootings that occurred in Millville since March 2. One of those shootings resulted in a fatality at a South Second Street apartment complex.
Atlantic County recently experienced one week that left 11 victims of 10 gunfire incidents.
One victim was fatally wounded at Tanger Outlets The Walk in Atlantic City by a man who eventually shot and killed himself. Later that week, police shot and killed a robbery suspect in an incident in which an officer was seriously injured.
This was not the first time Warrington was allegedly assaulted while on duty.
Warrington was struck by a woman he pulled over for tailgating in November 2008. The woman refused to be handcuffed after being arrested for her belligerence and struggled with Warrington and another officer who arrived as backup.
According to the police report, the woman later apologized.
“I’m sorry,” Warrington reported her as saying. “I didn’t mean for this to happen.”