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Arrest Made in Machete Attack Near Mantoloking Bridge

Two New York men face assault charges

Authorities arrested two New York City men and charged them in a machete assault on the barrier island side of the Mantoloking Bridge Wednesday night.

According to Ocean County Prosecutor Marlene Lynch Ford, eyewitnesses placed 911 calls at approximately 7:09 p.m. Wednesday reporting that an individual brandishing a machete-type weapon was involved in an altercation with other individuals near the intersection of Route 35 and Herbert Street in Mantoloking.

Based on a vehicle description given by the eyewitnesses, Mantoloking police stopped a blue Subaru with New York license plates and found a back seat passenger, identified as Michael Villanueva, 25, of New York City, with blood on his arms and clothing, Ford said.

Police later learned three people were being treated at CentraState Medical Center in Freehold for "slashing and penetrating wounds inflicted by a sharp weapon," Ford said.

An investigation revealed those individuals sustained their injuries during the altercation with Villanueva and the Subaru's driver, Lenin Herrera, 26, of the Harlem section of Manhattan, said Ford.

Both Villanueva and Herrera were charged with aggravated assault, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, the machete, possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes and unlawful possession of a weapon.

Bail for both men was set at $250,000 cash by Superior Court Judge Stephanie M. Wauters. Neither of the two men were listed as being inmates in the Ocean County or Monmouth County jails Thursday night, according to jail records.

Police are still investigating the incident, Ford said. Anyone with information on the alleged assault is being asked to call Detective Thomas Tiernan of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office at 732-929-2027 or Patrolman William Shewan of the Mantoloking Police Department at 732-892-0832.

JMI June 27, 2012 at 05:47 AM
PEOPLE PASS JUDGEMENT BASED ON MEDIA, BUT IGNORANCE WILL ALWAYS BE A BLISS...THE GUYS THAT WERE INJURED WERE ACTUALLY THE ONES DRUNK, (WHITE) MEN, PROBABLY FROM NJ....HOPE THEY LEARNED NOT TO EVER TRY TO ATTACK RANDOM PEOPLE ON THE HIGHWAY JUST BECAUSE YOU'RE HEAVILY INTOXICATED!!
MillieBGeronimo July 01, 2012 at 05:38 PM
First of all get your story straight ... the injured were in a car and were attached they are human beings regardless of their race. They mixed latin and medditerean but that is not a factor what give then the right to hurt someone so brutally regardless and they were not armed as where those crazy dominicans who think they are back home in the campo with chicken ok also were intoxicated and carrying illegal aweapons in the car guns machete? How to I know because these boys and their family thank you! so i got the info from the source........
MillieBGeronimo July 01, 2012 at 05:41 PM
oops regardless of the typos i hope people realize you cannot go around taking the law into your own hands. as in some other countries.... they should be deported back to the dominican republic.
Phineas J Whoopee July 02, 2012 at 10:32 AM
Vanessa, judging by your writing style, its no wonder your "bro's" were involved in this "attack"
Lenny July 05, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Machetes in Mantoloking !! What's the world coming to!!, "Hurry Buffy, start up the BMW and let's go to the Hamptons !!

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