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Washington Township pizza maker charged with attacking former Carlstadt landlord

Photo Credit: Courtesy CARLSTADT PD
Photo Credit: Courtesy CARLSTADT PD

ANOTHER CVP SCOOP: A Washington Township pizza maker from Carlstadt attacked his former landlord — kicking him in the groin, throwing a chair at him and chasing him with a knife while shouting in Arabic — before arriving officers took him into custody, authorities said.

Officers were called Tuesday night to the Cobblestone Deli on Broad Street near Route 17 South, where Aymen Safounah and his mother had gone to return a key to the landlord, who was visiting the store owner, Carlstadt Police Chief Thomas Nielsen told CLIFFVIEW PILOT this afternoon.

A short time earlier, an argument between Safounah, 37, and the landlord got physical, he said.

“The business owner escorted Safounah out of the store, at which time the former landlord notified police via his cell phone, and then went outside by the entrance door to await police arrival,” the chief said.

As soon as he emerged, Nielsen said, Safounah “threw another chair at him, then retrieved a folding knife from his parked vehicle and began to chase his former landlord, brandishing the knife and screaming that he was going to kill him in the Arabic language.

“Safounah also threw a rock his former landlord’s vehicle, smashing the lower right corner windshield,” he said.

Officers Robert Biamonte and Robert Colaneri recovered the knife and took Safounah into custody.

He was being held on $17,500 bail in the Bergen County Jail, pending an Oct. 16 first appearance on charges of:

  • aggravated assault;
  • simple assault;
  • making terroristic threats;
  • criminal mischief;
  • harassment;
  • weapons offenses.


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