Man Charged With Attempted Murder in NJ Tavern Assault

Police responded to a 911 call Saturday and found a victim lying unconscious outside a tavern Saturday

Sunday, Mar 18, 2012  |  Updated 11:30 AM EDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Man Charged With Attempted Murder in NJ Tavern Assault

Getty Images / Scott Olson

advertisement

A New Jersey man was arrested Saturday night on charges of attempted murder and aggravated assault after a fight outside a restaurant that left a man in critical condition.

Michael Lombardo, 36, of Barnegat Township, is accused of assaulting Robert Bethanis, 44, also of Barnegat Township, outside Lighthouse Tavern in Waretown, N.J. Police said officers responded to a call at about 8:35 p.m. Saturday and found Bethanis outside the establishment, unconscious and suffering from serious injuries.

Witnesses told police they saw Lombardo hitting and kicking Bethanis just outside the front door of the tavern.

Bethanis was taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, where he remains in critical condition.

Lombardo was charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault. He remains in jail on $150,000 bail.

It wasn't immediately clear whether Lombardo knew the victim or if there was a motive in the assault. The Ocean County Prosecutor's office said investigation was ongoing.

Get the latest from NBC 4 New York anytime, anywhere. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Google+. Sign up for email newsletters here. Get breaking news delivered right to your phone -- just text NYBREAKING to 639710. For more info, text HELP. To end, text STOP. Message and data rates may apply.

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
What's New
Follow us on Instagram!
We post photos taken by our news team... Read more
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out