WESTFIELD, NJ — Residents of a home in the 100 block of Park Street were assaulted with a baseball bat during an early Tuesday morning break-in that officers have arrested four people in connection with, police said.
The man injured during the altercation was treated at a local hospital and has since been released, Police Chief Christopher Battiloro said. The woman did not require hospitalization, he said.
Officers arrested Patrick Ely, 27, of Bridgewater, Vince John, 23, of Piscataway, Justin Mitchell, 21, of Piscataway, and a 12-year-old boy from Piscataway in connection to the home invasion and assault reported to the police at 3:55 a.m., Battiloro said in a statement.
“This does not appear to be a random act,” Battiloro said. “I am satisfied that all suspects have been located, are presently in custody, and that there is no ongoing threat to the public.”
Officer Nicholas Bagan found the men and boy attempting to flee on foot and arrested them with the assistance of officers Michael DiBella, Eric Popleik, Christopher Santangelo and Ryan Shaughnessy, Battiloro said.
The four had forced their way into the Park Street residence prior to assaulting a man and woman living there with the baseball bat, police said.
Police charged each person with conspiracy to commit burglary, two counts of conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, burglary, second- and third-degree aggravated assault, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and unlawful possession of a weapon, Battiloro said.
Ely, John and Mitchell have also been charged with use of a 17-year-old or younger to commit a criminal offense, police said.
Ely, John and Mitchell will all be sent to the Union County Jail in Elizabeth, pending a detention hearing, Battiloro said. The status of the youth is pending, he said.
“Our officers were on the scene within 2 minutes of their dispatch,” said Battiloro, who praised the officers for being “at the top of their game” so late in their daily tour of duty. “This was a dangerous call for service.”
A Union County Sheriff’s Crime Scene Unit SUV along with sheriff’s officers and town police could be seen at the location until at least 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday's break-in marks the second recent home invasion to happen in the town, following an armed robbery during which a resident of nearby Cacciola Place was pistol-whipped last month.
Anyone with any information relating to Tuesday’s incident is asked to contact Detective Donald Domanoski of the Westfield Police Department at 908-789-6077.