Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Chief William Mastriana of the Lower Township Police Department announce the arrest of 57 year old, Joseph T. Schroeder on first degree attempted murder charges resulting from a stabbing that occurred yesterday in North Cape May.
On the morning of November 28, 2018, the Lower Township Police Department responded to a report of a stabbing inside a residence in the 1200 block of Sunnyside Drive. Upon arrival officers found the victim, 50 year old Vincent Harrington, with multiple stab wounds and the accused, Joseph Schroeder, who was taken into custody without incident. The victim was then transported to the Atlantic City Medical Center where he was treated for his injuries and is currently listed in stable condition. The accused was transported to Cooper Medical Center and treated for injuries to his hands which he received during the stabbing.
As a result of the investigation, Joseph T. Schroeder who resides in the 300 block of Westminster Avenue, Bristol PA, was charged with Attempted Murder, a crime of the first degree; Aggravated Assault, a crime of the second; Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, a crime of the third degree; Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose, a crime of the third degree; and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, a crime of the fourth degree.* Schroeder is being detained at the Cooper Medical Center until he is medically cleared to be transported to the Cape May County Correctional Center.
Prosecutor Sutherland stated an individual convicted of a first degree crime can be sentenced to 10 to 20 years in New Jersey State Prison. Conviction of a second degree crime can lead to a sentence of 5 to 10 years while a third degree crime can carry a sentence of 3 to 5 years and a fourth degree crime can have a sentence of up to 18 months in State Prison.
Prosecutor Sutherland urges anyone who has information regarding this investigation or any criminal activity to contact the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-465-1135, or the Lower Township Police Department at 609-886-1619, or report it anonymously through the Cape May County Sheriff’s Tip Line at cmcsheriff.net and click on anonymous tip, or through the Cape May County Crime Stoppers, 609-465-2800.
*Any charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless he is proven guilty.