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Victim in Cliffside Park hi-rise shooting being charged, defendant considered victim


YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: In a pair of previously undisclosed developments, a woman charged in connection with a shooting at a Cliffside Park hi-rise last month is being considered a victim, as well — while the man shot was also being charged in the case, CLIFFVIEW PILOT has learned.

Registered nurse Erin Hoyer, who lives in the Greenhouse building on Anderson Avenue where the Nov. 11 shooting occurred, has remained held on $350,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail after being arrested soon after with Jersey City brothers Wessan and Anas Abulaban.

Wessan Abulaban, a 34-year-old ex-con, lost a bid to have his $350,000 bail reduced last week, while his 30-year-old brother had his bail cut to $150,000. Both remained held in the Bergen County Jail.

Wessan Abulaban, who authorities said pulled the trigger, is charged with attempted murder, two counts of robbery by force, aggravated assault, conspiracy and a host of weapons counts — including being a convicted felon in possession of a gun for a drug- and assault-related conviction out of Fort Lee more than a decade ago, court records show.

Anas Abulaban and Royer are both charged with robbery by force and conspiracy to commit robbery.

The aggravated assault charge against Wessan Abulaban is for allegedly pointing the gun against Royer, documents show.

What’s more, authorities confirmed today that the man shot was being charged, as well. CLIFFVIEW PILOT was withholding his identity pending the official filing of charges.

Details of the incident nonetheless remained sketchy.

“On November 12, 2014, at approximately 10:00 p.m., the North Bergen Police Department received a call from the medical staff at reporting a male was being treated at the hospital for a gunshot wound to the abdomen,” Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said following the initial arrests.

”Initial investigation at the medical center resulted in the determination that the male victim was in critical but stable condition and the shooting occurred at 770 Anderson Avenue, Cliffside Park,” the prosecutor said.

“Also at the medical center were Anas Abulaban and Erin K. Royer,” who were arrested there, he said.

“Police notified the Cliffside Park Police Department, who responded to investigate,” Molinelli said. “A joint investigation with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit then ensued.”

Wessan Abulaban was arrested “with the assistance of the Plainfield police,” he said.

Abulaban has used a host of aliases, including Wessam and Wossan Abulaban, Wesen Lowbond, Loubond and Loobon and those with various spellings of his last name, records show.

Should either of them make bail, Wessan and Anas Abulaban must first have a hearing to prove the source. They also must surrender their passports.

Assistant Bergen County Prosecutor Jacqueline Choi said last week that Anas Abulaban has nine adult arrests on his record and is currently facing in Hudson and Middlesex counties.

Presiding Superior Court Judge Liliana DeAvila Silebi cited the “less serious” charges against Anas Abulaban for lowering his bail to $150,000 while keeping his brother’s bail at $350,000.


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