SOMERVILLE, NJ – A Manville man has been convicted of multiple charges stemming from an argument over a parking space and a subsequent altercation in which he used a sword to attack the driver of the other car.
Jared Razzano, 36 of North 9th Avenue, Manville was found guilty of 2nd degree Aggravated Assault and 4th degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon in a jury trial presided over by the Honorable Judge Anthony F. Picheca, Jr., according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.
Sentencing is scheduled for May 3. Razzano is facing a term of imprisonment of 5-10 years on the 2nd degree Aggravated Assault conviction and up to 18 months imprisonment on the 4th degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon conviction
The State was represented by Somerset County Assistant Prosecutor Annemarie Mueller.
Robertson provided the following account of the sword attack, which occured June 13, 2018:
A 911 call was received at 10:28 p.m. through the Somerset County Communications Center reporting that an assault had occurred in the area of Knopf Street and North 9th Avenue in Manville.
When police arrived they saw the victim suffering from several deep lacerations to his head and arm.
Police determined that Razzano had arrived home to find his driveway partially blocked by a car. He went to the house across the street and demanded that the car be moved. The victim came out, apologized, and moved his car.
Razzano then called the victim over to his driveway and started attacking him with a sword. The victim tried to block the attack with a contractor’s level which he had gotten out of his car to return to a friend.
In addition to the head wounds, the victim, a 40-year-old man, had his elbow shattered and two of his fingers nearly severed as a result of the assault. The victim was transported to an area trauma center for emergency treatment and underwent multiple surgeries.