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Man Charged with Attempted Murder in Bloomfield Stabbing

Stabbing occurred last month outside a Bloomfield Avenue bar and on Park Avenue

A Newark man has been charged with attempted murder after stabbing another man with a knife last month in Bloomfield, police said.

Charles Taylor, 24, is accused of attacking a 30-year-old Bloomfield man Sept. 13 and stabbing him in the neck and shoulder, according to Sgt. Anthony Servedio, Bloomfield Police Department spokesperson. The Bloomfield man's name was not released.

After talking to the victim six days after the attack, police found in their investigation the man had been speaking to a woman outside of a Bloomfield Avenue bar that night when a car pulled up to give her a ride. The man told police the driver, later identified as Taylor, got out of the car, started arguing with him and then cut him on the chest.

The wounded man walked away from the bar and ducked into a nearby food store after realizing he was being followed by Taylor. After waiting a while and thinking he was safe, the man then walked to his Park Avenue home when he was again confronted by Taylor, who allegedly stabbed him in the neck and shoulder.

Servedio would not identify the bar or food store involved in the incident.

The man was found by police conscious but unresponsive on Park Avenue with severe knife wounds on his neck and other parts of his body around 2:40 a.m. He was transported to University Hospital in Newark, where he underwent emergency surgery.

Detectives were able to confirm the man's accounts of the attacks and, through their investigation, gathered more information on the woman involved, Taylor and the car he was driving. Police also reviewed video from area cameras and interviewed workers at the bar where the initial attack occurred.

Police identified the woman as Tonyae Burks, 21, of West Orange, who was seen in a video being dropped off and picked up by Taylor at one of her work places. Those images then led detectives to motor vehicle records that listed Taylor as the renter of the car used to drop off Burks.

On Oct. 15, Burks, who was found in North Carolina, was extradited to New Jersey on a U.S. Marshals warrant for conspiracy to commit aggravated assault. She was charged and given a bail of $100,000.

At the time of her arrest, Burks was with Taylor, who had an existing warrant for possession of a handgun out of Irvington. He was arrested for attempted murder and on weapons charges. His bail was set at $300,000.

Servedio would not comment on the relationship between Burks and Taylor.

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