Stabbing Tonight on Montclair’s Mission Street, Suspect Arrested

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 06, 2014 10:36pm  |  COMMENTS (27)

Stabbing Tonight on Montclair's Mission Street, Suspect ArrestedPolice found a man bleeding from multiple stab wounds in a residence on Mission Street tonight and arrested a suspect.

According to Montclair Police Captain James Carlucci, the incident happened around at 8:30 p.m. in the 20-block area of Mission Street. An individual walked up to a Montclair Police officer who was on the walking post and told him something had happened inside the residence.

The officer found a 21-year-old man from Newark bleeding from apparent stab wounds. The individual who walked up to the officer, Harrison Kerr, 19, of Montclair, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purposes, and unlawful possession of weapon.

The victim had multiple stab wounds — one to the left forearm, one in the middle of back, and two to buttocks. He was transported to University Hospital where it was determined that his injuries were not life threatening. The victim is expected to be released from the hospital tonight.

The suspect and the victim are acquaintances. The suspect does not live at the residence where the victim was stabbed.


  1. POSTED BY redrum  |  August 07, 2014 @ 6:37 am

    This is the third time Mission Street crime has had a headline this week alone. But wait – lets put the community police center on the other side of town. Brilliant!

  2. POSTED BY PAZ  |  August 07, 2014 @ 7:59 am

    It was national night out NOT national knife out.

  3. POSTED BY frankgg  |  August 07, 2014 @ 9:24 am

    Redrum… That’s just what we were saying yesterday…. A permant police presence and some community involvement is so needed here … It should be quite clear that no violent act will pass unobserved and unprosecuted . The Talbot St location for the police office is a mistake when there is such compelling need at Mission St.

  4. POSTED BY montclairdad  |  August 07, 2014 @ 10:24 am

    Community involvement? That’s funny. Don’t you know the old credo about snitches being b******? The only “community involvement” will occur when a police officer goes to Mission Street doing his job and takes down/injures/kills one of these criminals. Then the community will be out in full force wailing about police brutality and how something better be done to reel in these out-of-control officers. Until then they’ll just clam up and let the violence continue. Nothing to be gained by involving the 5-0.

  5. POSTED BY hobbes  |  August 07, 2014 @ 10:48 am

    Frank, there is a permanent police presence on Mission St. It’s been a fixed post for the past couple of years. Read the narrative. The guy literally walked out of the house and flagged down the officer posted right outside. Mission is a tiny street and it has a permanent detail assigned to it. You can’t put officers inside the houses, too.

  6. POSTED BY stayhyphy  |  August 07, 2014 @ 11:07 am

    I agree, not much more to do here.

    The only way anything happens at this point is if an active group of private investors make a concerted effort to buy as many houses / properties in this area as possible, kick the residents out, raze the structures and start anew.

  7. POSTED BY silverleaf  |  August 07, 2014 @ 12:15 pm

    “kick the residents out”

    Ur living in the 60’s,stay.

  8. POSTED BY zephyr  |  August 07, 2014 @ 12:51 pm

    is there alot of section 8 housing there meaning we the taxpayer are paying for these criminals to live there and commit crimes over and over again in the same place, year after year?
    this is disgusting.

  9. POSTED BY alic314  |  August 07, 2014 @ 4:07 pm

    This is so troubling, so very troubling. And agreed on regular police presence here, I see cruisers parked in the area quite often

  10. POSTED BY State Street Pete  |  August 07, 2014 @ 4:08 pm

    Again hobbes, you’re remarkably reasoned commentary is out of place here. Please keep it up.

  11. POSTED BY frankgg  |  August 07, 2014 @ 5:13 pm

    I’ve seen that there is constant police presence but apparently more is needed. If there were to be a permanent and active police building with people coming and going…that would be a big help…community involvent doesn’t have to be crime related …. It could be on a parallel plain…. Like a big open antiques and crafts market with lots of activity to occupy the open space…..even part of the day activity would be better than nothing…

  12. POSTED BY mec1972  |  August 07, 2014 @ 5:48 pm

    This cracks me up, every Tom, Dick, Jane, and Harry came out of the woodwork to protest Nugent. Where are all these morons on issues that matter in this great town. SMH

  13. POSTED BY algb  |  August 07, 2014 @ 8:35 pm

    Those blue douche morons are way too busy petitioning for how many sick days businesses will be forced to pay for.

  14. POSTED BY willjames  |  August 07, 2014 @ 9:05 pm

    mec1972, you clearly know exactly nothing about the people who showed up to protest Nugent. I know some of them. The people I know who showed up *not only* participated in that protest but *also* are involved in other initiatives that “matter in this great town,” including efforts to prevent violence in the area around Mission Street. I’m willing to bet that this is also true of the “blue douche morons” that algb insults so glibly.

    It’s generally a better policy to give people the benefit of the doubt, you know. Much better than mouthing off in a disrespectful manner about your neighbors and fellow townspeople.

  15. POSTED BY stonebridgemfa  |  August 08, 2014 @ 9:50 am

    Yes, section 8 is actually a big part of the problem, as it brings people into the community from elsewhere in Essex County. With them come their value systems or lack thereof. Section 8 imports an element that not only wreaks havoc on the community, but it brings discord and distraction and violence into the schools. I think Stayhyphy actually knows what he’s talking about, and he’s living in the current millennium.

  16. POSTED BY jcunningham  |  August 08, 2014 @ 10:04 am

    “Section 8 imports an element”

    —so you’re writing on a local blog with 50 people reading your comments and you are writing under a pseudonym and you still speak in code? don’t be a coward—say it! say what you are burning to say! say it!

  17. POSTED BY silverleaf  |  August 08, 2014 @ 10:28 am

    Ah, but the stonebridge code is not at all difficult to decipher; we all know what they really mean. Today, these types of cowards, unlike in generations past, by necessity have to couch their language in order to avoid censorship and banishment from decent sites such as this. Believe me, if they were able to use their words of choice and get away with it, they most certainly would.

  18. POSTED BY redrum  |  August 08, 2014 @ 10:42 am

    The cold hard facts are that the largest concentration of low-income housing is on Mission Street, as is the highest concentration of crime. Staunchly denying that under the veil of racism, as many do on this site, is why we have the problematic crime and violence in the area. Pretending nothing is wrong is counterproductive.This stataus quo has been created by generations of town councils appropriating the area as such instead of spreading low income housing throughout the town. Its roughly akin to Robert Moses moving the projects to Coney Island in the 60s. This is why houses on Mission street sell for 100k and below, when comparable houses elsewhere in Montclair would be in the 500k range. No one wants to acknowledge this, and those that do are just mean racists, right?

  19. POSTED BY silverleaf  |  August 08, 2014 @ 11:04 am

    Disingenuous tripe.

  20. POSTED BY frankgg  |  August 08, 2014 @ 11:12 am

    Its also the prospects of a better education that bring young people to Montclair in the Mission st area… maybe they’re from elsewheres that have a more brutal reality and their “adults” send them stay with extended family members in Montclair to a situation that is more clement and that offers more. But sometimes reality is not so clement, they feel that no body wants to help, and these young guys fall short. Many are not even adults yet. Plus, perhaps they only trust themselves and only listen to their own voices. (how can you blame them?) But they are only teenagers or in their 20s….living like adults but not yet with adult capasities of understanding. I know that there are adult mentors in the neighborhood that try really hard and give there all..the police too. May they be blessed!

  21. POSTED BY Mrs Martta  |  August 08, 2014 @ 11:33 am

    Frank GG, I think you hit the nail on the head. Whether you live on Mission Street or on Upper Mountain Avenue, you have access to a lot of the wonderful things the township offers. That’s the beauty of Montclair. Rich, poor, black, white…everyone has access to a library card, for example. There are other issues at work here: access to drugs, lack of parenting/discipline, anger management issues. Not easy fixes but not impossible, either.

  22. POSTED BY redrum  |  August 08, 2014 @ 12:39 pm

    You’re all vile racists for thinking there are crime and drug problems on Mission Street. Nothing could be farther from the truth. You tripe!

  23. POSTED BY Spiro T. Quayle  |  August 08, 2014 @ 2:10 pm

    One day, redrum, you may very well be elderly, diseased and bedridden, and your family may be far away. Should that day come, the aide who will give you that sponge bath and take away your bedpan, or stay with you all night on a cot, will likely live in an area not too different from Mission Street, or Irvington, or Newark. That’s where many live now, side by side with the criminal element you refer to. Their salary doesn’t allow for a better address.

  24. POSTED BY stonebridgemfa  |  August 08, 2014 @ 11:10 pm

    frankgg, thank you for your thoughtful and rational response. I’ve always enjoyed your knowledgeable contributions.

    silverleaf & jcunningham, why the disingenuous and self righteous vitriol? Your assumptions are way off. Stop trying to racialize a socioeconomic problem.

    You should make an effort to be more objective and less reactionary. Not everyone you interact with is going to fall into your preconceived notions. They’re also not going to agree with your every opinion. You should be able to disagree without resulting to such ridiculous accusations. These are childish antics.

  25. POSTED BY jcunningham  |  August 09, 2014 @ 8:24 am

    “Stop trying to racialize a socioeconomic problem”

    —cause there’s no racial base to this socioeconomic problem, eh?

    “It is Not About Race because It Is Never About Race in America”—Charles Pierce

  26. POSTED BY silverleaf  |  August 09, 2014 @ 9:54 am

    “Stop trying to racialize a socioeconomic problem.”

    Nice try, stone, but you’ve got it all wrong as usual. It was stayhyphy who said, “the only way anything happens at this point is if an active group of private investors make a concerted effort to buy as many houses / properties in this area as possible, kick the residents out, raze the structures and start anew.”

    It is exactly THAT sort of thinking which “racializes a socioeconomic problem.”

    You claim cunningham and I “should make an effort to be more objective and less reactionary” when it is stayhyphy’s comment that is reactionary to “kick the residents out, raze the structures and start anew.”

    Or maybe you’re just too stuck in a pre Civil Right Act of 1964 mindset to realize that.

    Advise that you go huddle up with stay and redrum and play a new strategy.

  27. POSTED BY stayhyphy  |  August 09, 2014 @ 12:35 pm

    “It was stayhyphy who said, “the only way anything happens at this point is if an active group of private investors make a concerted effort to buy as many houses / properties in this area as possible, kick the residents out, raze the structures and start anew.”

    It is exactly THAT sort of thinking which “racializes a socioeconomic problem.””

    Poor choice of words on my part with “kick the residents out”. What is happening in this neighborhood is only fueling a socioeconomic problem which I agree is inextricably tied to race.

    This neighborhood has a lot of potential and gentrification (in a vacuum) would be a good thing. The ongoing cycle of displacement of lower income folks without proper lower income housing policy is a bad thing. Net, net gentrification is probably better for the town of Montclair, tough to argue against that. I think the stage / context for this discussion has to be whats best for the town of Montclair. On a broader stage I have a different opinion.

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