Taxi Driver Charged with Assault, Pleads Not Guilty in Ridgefield NJ Beating Death
A taxicab driver who has been accused of brutally murdering a Palisades Park NJ man in Ridgefield recently pleaded not guilty to aggravated assault charges.
The suspect, a 40-year-old resident of Palisades Park NJ, allegedly beat the victim to death in Ridgefield, New Jersey during the early morning hours on Sunday. The violent incident reportedly stemmed from a disagreement between the suspect and the victim.
At the time of the victim’s death, he was 26 years of age. Police officers later located the suspect’s body near the Ridgefield Post Office in Ridgefield, NJ.
Law enforcement conducted an investigation, spoke with cab company employees, and soon identified the suspect as the likely culprit in the homicide. Police officers subsequently arrested the suspect.
Bergen County prosecutors initially charged the suspect with second degree reckless manslaughter. However, prosecutors then decided to reduce the criminal charges. As a result, the suspect now faces third degree aggravated assault charges.
The suspect recently made an appearance in Bergen County Superior Court and entered a plea of not guilty on the aggravated assault charges.
The suspect is currently being held at the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack NJ on a $50K bail amount.
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For additional information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Cab Driver Pleads Not Guilty in Fatal Beating, Report Says.”