Newton police received a report of a theft at the Merriam-Gateway Condos on Sparta Avenue in Newton, New Jersey. When officers arrived at the scene, they found a 20-year-old man suffering from injuries to his jaw. The victim told officers that he had been visiting friends at the apartment complex when two men approached him.
The suspects allegedly attacked the victim. After punching the victim in the face several times, the suspects reportedly took his wallet, cell phone, and car keys.
The victim told police officers that he did not know the identities of the men who attacked him; however, he was able to provide police with a detailed description of the suspects.
The victim was transported by helicopter to Morristown Medical Center, where he underwent surgery for a fractured jaw.
Newton police investigated the incident. After reviewing video surveillance footage at the condo complex, investigators were able to identify the two suspects. Both suspects are reportedly from Morristown, NJ. One of the suspects is said to be related to a resident at the Newton condo complex.
Although it took nearly a month to locate the suspects because both men were unemployed, police eventually tracked them down; they were already incarcerated at the Morris County Jail in Morristown on unrelated charges.
After being charged, both men remained held at the Morris County Jail on $100,000 bail amounts. One suspect was later transported to the Sussex County Jail; however, the other suspect remained at the Morris County Jail because he had pending criminal charges out of Parsippany, NJ.
For additional information about this case, read the NJ.com article entitled “Duo Broke Man’s Jaw, Robbed Him, Cops Say.”