A Newark man was indicted by a Monmouth County grand jury Monday on a first degree attempted murder charge.
According to investigators, on June 16, 2012, Justin Falcon, 34, got in a cab driven by a 55-year-old man at the Keyport 7-Eleven and drove to nearby Wayside Drive in the Cliffwood Beach section of Aberdeen.
When the cab arrived on Wayside Drive, Falcon allegedly began stabbing the man in the area of his face and throat, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office. Investigators say that Falcon then allegedly stole the driver's wallet, which contained about $250, and his cab. Leaving the scene, Falcon also allegedly attempted to run the victim over, who was on the ground due to the injuries he sustained, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office.
The cab driver was medevaced to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick where he was initially listed in critical condition. He was treated for his injuries and eventually released, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office.
Falcon was indicted on a total of seven charges, including first degree attempted murder, first degree carjacking, first degree armed robbery, second degree aggravated assault, third degree aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, fourth degree unlawful possession of a weapon and third degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.
An indictment does not indicate a conviction, only that a jury found there was enough evidence to proceed with a trial.