Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Halloween Assault

Plaintalker received several messages from outraged citizens over a Halloween assault on the son of a well-known resident.

According to the messages, the young man was dragged from his car and beaten, suffering a broken jaw that required surgery. The alleged assault took place on Leland Avenue Tuesday evening.

Bloggers don’t have the same ability as the print media to follow crime stories, but a call to Police Chief Edward Santiago confirmed that the assault took place after an egg-throwing incident and it is under investigation. Depending on the severity of the injuries, the assailants will face charges of simple assault or aggravated assault.

Another allegation that residents who opened their doors to trick-or-treaters were attacked was not true, Santiago said. He cited one instance in which a large group showed up at one residence on Kensington Avenue and the homeowner expressed concern that she did not have enough treats for all, whereupon the children threw pumpkins at her.

Santiago said the Leland Avenue incident did not involve a carjacking, but the victim was assaulted.

Witnesses called out to the youth to stop the assault, he said.

Anyone with more information may call the police non-emergency number, 908-753-3131.

--Bernice Paglia


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