According to authorities, the 28-year-old suspect committed the assault outside the train station during the early morning hours.
When police got to the train station, the victim was unconscious and lying on the ground.
The assault reportedly caused significant injuries and “severe trauma” to the victim. The most serious injury was the dislodging of the victim’s right eye from the eye socket.
The victim was transported to the Morristown Medical Center, where he had to undergo emergency surgery.
Officials said that the 44-year-old victim was intoxicated and defenseless at the time of the attack.
The suspect, who lives in Wharton NJ, allegedly fled the scene after the attack.
The Morris County Sheriff’s Office issued a CrimeStoppers alert for the suspect. Sometime later, the suspect was apprehended by Morristown police. A Morristown patrol officer pulled over the suspect’s vehicle and learned that the suspect had an active arrest warrant out of Dover, New Jersey.
If the suspect is convicted of aggravated assault, he could face severe penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(b), aggravated assault can be classified as a second degree felony when the attack results in serious bodily injury to the victim. A conviction on second degree aggravated assault charges could potentially result in a sentence of up to 10 years in NJ State Prison.
Additionally, the suspect could face enhanced penalties because he has a prior conviction for robbery in Morris County.
After being apprehended and charged, the suspect was taken to the Morris County Jail. He is being held at the facility in lieu of $50,000 bail.
For further information about this case, access the DailyRecord.com article entitled “Wharton Man Charged with Dislodging Eyeball of Drunk Man.”