Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Man Held in Killing outside Paterson Bar

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Man Held in Killing outside Paterson Bar

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PATERSON -- Police on Monday were still piecing together details of the encounter early Sunday that led to the death of Beleon Ellerbee, 23, outside a city bar. But they said they would not have made an arrest without the assistance of the victim's family.

Ellerbee died early Sunday after being stabbed in the chest during an argument outside Augie's Sports Bar on McBride Avenue.

Paterson police Capt. Heriberto Rodriguez said that increasingly, police work is hindered by uncooperative friends and even family, but not in this case.

Rodriguez would not say what information Ellerbee's family and friends gave detectives, but it helped them arrest Marty Arias, 30, after Ellerbee was driven to St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center with a wound to his upper torso. Arias is being held without bond, Rodriguez said, but the captain would not say where.

Ellerbee's family could not be reached for comment.

Bloodstains and police markings remained at the scene on Monday, across the street from the sports bar. …

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