Ex-Con Accusing Of Pinning Hackensack Woman Down By Her Hair, Plunging Knife Next To Her Head

A transient ex-con was charged with domestic violence after authorities said he pinned a Hackensack woman to the floor by her hair and threatened her with a knife before dawn Monday.

Robert Raghoenathsingh

Robert Raghoenathsingh

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Robert Raghoenathsingh, 40, formerly of Lodi but more recently of Passaic, plunged the knife into the floor next to the victim's head in her Prospect Avenue apartment around 2 a.m. Feb. 5, the woman told police.

He then stood on her hair so she couldn't get up, her report says.

Raghoenathsingh -- who jail records show is a divorced Yemeni national -- made headlines in 2019 when he brought what proved to be baseless claims against his then-father-in-law, now-retired Hasbrouck Heights Police Chief Michael Colaneri.

Hackensack police early Monday charged Raghoenathsingh with aggravated assault by choking, false imprisonment, making terroristic threats and illegal weapons possession -- including being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

He has remained held in the Bergen County Jail ever since, with an outstanding $2,000 warrant out of Clifton to satisfy.

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