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East Orange man turns himself in to Lyndhurst police in nightclub stabbing

Photo Credit: Courtesy LYNDHURST PD

UPDATE: A 21-year-old East Orange man turned himself in to Lyndhurst police today to face attempted murder charges in connection with an overnight box-cutter stabbing before dawn yesterday at a packed local nightclub.

Detective Sgts. John Mazure and John Kerner and Detective Vincent Auteri identified Malik Taylor after reviewing club surveillance footage and interviewing several witnesses, Capt. John Valente said tonight.

They first went to Taylor’s job in Union and his home, but couldn’t find him, Valente said.

Aware they were looking for him, Taylor turned himself in, the captain said.

Taylor was being held on $250,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail, charged with one count of attempted murder and two each of aggravated assault and unlawful weapons possession.

The victim — 21-year-old Eric Burrell of South Orange — was expected to recover fully from his injuries, Valente said.

Burrell was stabbed twice in the chest — one of which punctured a lung — and once just beneath his arm. Lyndhurst EMS workers took him to University Hospital.

The fight broke out just before 2 a.m. at Riva Blue on Riverside Avenue near Kings Court, Valente told CLIFFVIEW PILOT yesterday

The new nightclub restaurant was packed with 350 or so attendees for an event called “Live Love Sundays,” featuring hip-hop performers and deejays.

Responding officers found Burrell on the second floor of the club, “covered in a great deal of blood,” Valente said. He was going in and out of consciousness, the captain said.

Police discovered fresh blood next to a car in the parking lot, where they believe the fight occurred. The victim apparently then made his way back inside seeking help, Valente said.

The weapon hadn’t yet been recovered, he said tonight.

Neighboring police agencies and the New Jersey State Police helped break up a crowd who were “unruly and refusing to disperse,” Police Chief James O’Connor told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .

The Bergen County Sheriff’s Bureau of Criminal Identification collected evidence, he said.

“Infractions of alcoholic beverage law are also being investigated and will most likely result in charges for the establishment,” the chief said.

Nutley Mayor Alphonse Petracco opened Riva Blue with his brother in April.

MUGSHOT: Courtesy LYNDHURST PD

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