Police in Morristown NJ arrested a man who allegedly committed a violent attack at the Dover Train Station.
According to law enforcement, the 28-year-old suspect assaulted a man outside the train station in the early morning hours.
When Morristown police officers arrived at the train station, the victim was reportedly unconscious and lying on the ground.
The victim suffered significant injuries and “severe trauma” as a result of the assault. The most serious of these injuries was to the victim’s right eye, which was dislodged from the eye socket.
Once police got to the scene, the victim was taken to the Morristown Medical Center. The victim had to undergo emergency surgery at the hospital.
Police said that the 44-year-old victim was intoxicated and defenseless when the attack occurred.
The suspect, a man from Wharton NJ, allegedly fled the scene on foot after the assault.
Sometime after the incident, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office issued a CrimeStoppers alert for the suspect. Not long after that, the suspect was captured by Morristown NJ police. A Morristown patrol officer stopped the suspect’s vehicle and ran a license check, at which point he learned that the suspect had an arrest warrant out of Dover, NJ.
If the suspect is eventually convicted of aggravated assault, he could be subject to significant criminal penalties. That’s because N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(b) classifies aggravated assault as a second degree felony when the attack results in serious bodily injury. A conviction on second degree aggravated assault charges could lead to a sentence of up to 10 years in New Jersey State Prison.
The suspect could also face enhanced penalties because he has criminal record which includes a previous conviction for robbery in Morris County, New Jersey.
After being arrested and processed, the suspect was transported to the Morris County Jail. He is being held at the jail on a $50,000 bail amount.
For more information about this case, read the DailyRecord.com article entitled “Wharton Man Charged with Dislodging Eyeball of Drunk Man.”