PARSIPPANY — Patrolmen E. Giordano, E. Ebanks, and J. Mendez responded to the Parsippany Inn, 2939 Route 10, at 1:21 a.m. on Friday, October 16 for an active fight between two individuals. Upon the arrival of Patrolman E. Giordano, he found William Cole, 47, Morris Plains, outside the building with facial injuries, and Victor Columbo, 37, Parsippany, inside the building with a stab wound to the abdominal area.
First Aid was immediately rendered to Mr. Columbo by Patrolman E. Giordano. Patrol Lieutenant D. McConnell, Patrol Sergeant R. Carrozzino, Detective M. Czajka, Patrolwoman M. Kardos, Patrolman C. Silva along with Patrol units from Denville Police Department and Morris Plains Police Department arrived on the scene to assist.
Two ambulances from the Parsippany Volunteer Ambulance squad treated Mr. Columbo and Mr. Cole.
Detective M. Czajka conducted his preliminary investigation and both individuals were placed under arrest and transported to Morristown Medical Center for treatment of their injuries.
Morris County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Section responded to the scene and assisted with processing the area. A kitchen-type knife was recovered from the scene.
Once Mr. Columbo and Mr. Cole were released from Morristown Medical Center they were transported to the Morris County Correctional Facility.
Mr. Columbo was charged with Aggravated Assault Causing Serious Bodily injury with a bail of $35,000.
Mr. Cole was charged with Aggravated Assault causing injury with a Weapon, Possession of a weapon with a purpose to use it unlawfully against the person or property of another, and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon with a bail of $50,000.
This incident remains under investigation and anyone with information is asked to call the Investigative Division at (973) 263-4313.
Editors Note: A complaint or a charge is merely an accusation. Despite this accusation, the defendant is presumed innocent until he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
Correction: It was previously reported that Rockaway Neck First Aid Ambulance Squad treated Mr. Columbo and Mr. Cole when it was actually Parsippany Volunteer Ambulance Squad.