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Police say illegal immigrant slashed cab driver in Ramsey to duck $45 fare

Photo Credit: Courtesy RAMSEY PD

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST : A Salvadoran national who lives in Ramsey slashed a cab driver’s hand and fled, stiffing him for $45 before dawn this morning, then was tracked to his home soon after by a Bergen County Sheriff’s K-9 unit, authorities said.

Jose Manuel Hernandez Ascencio, 18, slashed the driver at Erie Plaza at 12:10 a.m. with a red-handled knife after claiming that he didn’t have enough money to pay the fare, Police Chief Bryan Gurney told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .

The Ramsey Ambulance Corps tended to the driver, who declined hospitalization, Gurney said.

The K-9 unit, meanwhile, led officers straight to a North Central Avenue address, where Ascencio answered the door, he said.

“Also in plain view was a red-handled knife,” the chief said.

The driver then identified Ascencio, who was taken into custody.

He was being held on $50,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail, charged with robbery, aggravated assault with a weapon and two weapons possession counts. An April 14 Municipal Court hearing was scheduled.

The INS also issued a detainer for deportation proceedings once the case is resolved.


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