State worker stabbed, robbed of cell & cash

TRENTON — A 48-year-old state worker was stabbed and robbed in broad daylight on South Broad Street near the Mercer County administration building yesterday, police said.As Chris Niemann of West Berlin was getting out of his state-issued car at 9:55 a.m. in the parking lot on the 600 block of South Broad Street, he was approached by a black or Hispanic male who demanded money.The assailant stabbed Niemann in the back and leg, said Detective Sgt. Pedro Medina, spokesman for the city police.The man made off with the victim’s cash, cell phone and a key to the car while two civilian security officers near the spot didn’t see anything, Medina said.Niemann was rushed to Capital Health at Fuld, where he underwent emergency surgery and was listed in stable condition.Police used a tracking dog to try to pick up the suspect’s scent, to no avail.Police are searching for the man who was described as having a light complexion, 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-9, 180 to 190 pounds, with a “chin strap”-type beard. He was wearing a gray hoodie and walked casually away from the scene.Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Jose Acosta at (609) 989-4168; Detective Sgt. Carmelo Rodriguez at (609) 989-4014, the Trenton Police at (609) 989-4170 or the confidential tip line at (609) 989-3663.Crime Stoppers of Greater Trenton is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the successful capture of the suspect. Crime Stoppers can be reached by calling (609) 278-8477 (TIPS).

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