Ouch! N.J. man sleeps with knife in back for 10 hours

Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, December 10, 2013

A New Jersey man woke up to throbbing pains Sunday, only to learn that he had been stabbed in the back nearly 10 hours earlier – and that the knife was still there.

The 42-year-old victim, who has not been identified, had been involved in a fight on his porch around 2 a.m. Sunday morning after stepping outside to have a cigarette. As he was smoking, another man approached and asked for a light. When the victim, who had drunk earlier in the night, refused the request, the two men got into an argument which ultimately escalated into a fight.

According to Trenton Police Lt. Mark Kieffer, the victim thought he won the fight because the other man ran away from the scene of the crime.

“He said, ‘I’m not chasing after the guy,’ ” Kieffer said.

Cops were called to the house after the victim’s brother realized he had been stabbed; it was then confirmed that there was a 5-inch blade stuck in his back from the night before. The victim was taken to a local hospital where the knife was removed; the victim is expected to survive his injuries.

While there have not been any arrests as of press time, the victim was reportedly uncooperative with the police.

Acknowledging the bizarre nature of the story, however, Kieffer told The New York Daily News Monday that he’s not completely sure he believes the victim’s side of the story.

“I don’t know if we believe his story,” he said. “It’s hard to believe, but sometimes (with a crazy incident) it’s just dumb,” he said.

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