An Elizabeth man faces up to 20 years in prison following a jury verdict which found him guilty of charging at an unarmed man with a box cutter and trying to stab him in the chest.
Reinaldo Gonzalez was convicted Thursday of aggravated assault, weapons charges and resisting arrest.
The assault occurred on the evening of July 23, 2011 when Gonzalez went after an unarmed man standing at the intersection of Morris Avenue and Union Avenue and lunged at him with a box cutter, according to Assistant Prosecutor Jamel Sempter, who prosecuted the case.
The victim attempted to shield his body with a piece of cardboard that was lying on the ground as a woman, who witnessed the assault, called over nearby police.
Elizabeth Police Officers Yoan Belon and Paulo Fidalgo saw Gonzalez attempting to stab the victim and arrested him following a struggle, Semper said.
Gonzalez is scheduled for sentencing in November.