Damian Padilla, 42, of Paterson, New Jersey faces charges of first-degree bias intimidation, second-degree aggravated assault, third-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and fourth-degree unlawful possession of a weapon, reports the Paterson Times.
On Tuesday, May 16, at 3:48 a.m., police officers were flagged down on Fair Street, near the Fair Street Projects, by a 35-year-old male suffering from non-fatal stab wounds.
They responded to the scene and soon discovered a 41-year-old female victim suffering from a laceration to her left leg. Both victims were transported to Saint Joseph’s University Medical Center and treated for their injuries.
During the investigation, police discovered that Padilla had hurled several anti-gay slurs at the male victim while stabbing him multiple times.
Padilla was charged with first-degree bias intimidation, as well as aggravated assault and weapons offenses.
Hate crime charges are still pending.
Based on the seriousness of the charges, a Central Judicial Processing Court judge in Paterson ordered on Wednesday that Padilla remain held in the Bergen County Jail pending trial.
Padilla could potentially face up to 20 years in prison for the bias intimidation charge, and up to 10 years on the aggravated assault charge.