Acting Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Acting Somerset County Chief of County Detectives Timothy M. Fitzgerald and Manville Borough Chief of Police Mark Peltack announce the arrest of Zachary T. Falso, age 26, of West Main Street, Clinton Borough, New Jersey.

Last evening at approximately 7:45 p.m., Manville Police received a report of a stabbing that occurred at a residence on South 3rd Avenue. Responding officers found the victim, whom authorities are identifying as a 52 year old Manville resident, on the porch of an acquaintance’s house. The victim was bleeding from a puncture wound to his abdomen and he identified his attacker as Zachary T. Falso.

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The victim further informed police that he was involved in a verbal argument with defendant Falso over music. The argument escalated into a physical fight with punches being thrown. During the physical altercation defendant, Falso produced a knife and stabbed the victim in the abdomen. The victim was transported by emergency medical technicians to an area trauma center where the he underwent emergency surgery and is expected to survive.

After stabbing the victim defendant Falso fled from the area in his vehicle. Manville Police Officer Richard Canuso contacted defendant Falso on his cellular phone and the defendant agreed to respond to Manville Police Headquarters where he was subsequently taken into custody without incident. At the time of his arrest defendant Falso was found to be in possession of 2 knives.

Detectives from the Manville Borough Police Department and the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit responded to conduct the investigation.


Defendant Falso was charged with Aggravated Assault, 3rd Degree and Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose, 3rd Degree.

Defendant Falso was lodged in the Somerset County Jail.

We are required by the Rules of Court to include herein a statement explaining that the charges are merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.