YOU READ IT HERE FIRST (4:25 p.m. Friday): A manhunt ended in Paterson this afternoon when Hasbrouck Heights police, assisted by their Paterson colleagues, stopped a car driven by a former borough resident who they said broke into his ex-girlfriend’s apartment overnight and stabbed her and her son several times before fleeing.
A judge ordered Jonathan Bell, 41, held on $250,000 bail on a variety of charges after he was was taken into custody during a stop on Madison Avenue just after 3:30 p.m.
He had tossed his cellphone and was driving the grey 2007 Volkswagen GTI that witnesses said he fled in after the 1:30 a.m. assaults.
“He didn’t say anything. He didn’t do anything. He just put his hands up” as Hasbrouck Heights and Paterson detectives and patrol officers surrounded him, Detective Sgt. Michael Colaneri Jr. told CLIFFVIEW PILOT.
“We had information on several locations,” Colaneri said. “We went to Union City, Jersey City, Passaic and then Paterson. We chased leads all day — and one came through.”
Paterson Police Director Jerry Speziale said officers believed that Bell had planned to kill himself.
Bell broke into the victim’s Church Street apartment through a window overnight and stabbed the son when he was confronted, Colaneri said.
The young man’s father got his injured son out of the home, then went back inside and found his girlfriend stabbed, the sergeant said.
Bell then fled in a car, he said.
The 40-year-old mother and 20-year-old son were OK after sustaining stab wounds in the arms and head.
Bell has two daughters with the woman, one 2 years old and the other 12. Neither was harmed, Colaneri said.
All involved have criminal histories, records show.
The 5-foot-8, 180-pound Bell is considered homeless. His most recent address was in Lodi, Colaneri said.
Several witnesses gave statements. The Bergen County Sheriff’s Bureau of Criminal Identification collected evidence, while a K9 unit searched in vain for the knife.
MUGSHOT: Courtesy HASBROUCK HEIGHTS PD