Red Bank Police units responded to a report of a physical altercation on West Front Street near Broad Street at 2:20am Thursday morning found a 33 year old Eatontown man laying in the street suffering from serious head injuries. 

The victim was taken to Riverview Medical Center where he subsequently required surgery for his injuries. 

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The assailant fled the scene of the assault prior to police arrival, however, an investigation by patrol officers revealed a possible suspect.  That suspect was later stopped while operating a vehicle in the area of Riverside Avenue by Ptl. Darren McConnell and Ptl. Patrick Kennedy. 

He was found at that time to be intoxicated and was arrested for DWI.  A follow-up investigation led by Det. James Deponte resulted in the individual being charged with 2nd degree Aggravated Assault. 

The accused, Samuel Benitez, 18 years old , Staten Island  is currently lodged at the Monmouth County Jail on that charge.