2012-08-15 / Front Page

Staten Island man charged with attempted murder in Manalapan

BY CLARE MARIE CELANO Staff Writer

MANALAPAN — The suspect in a home invasion and shooting incident that occurred at a residence on Taylors Mills Road, Manalapan, at 11:30 p.m. Aug. 11 was expected to make his initial appearance in Superior Court, Freehold, on Aug. 13.

Monmouth County First Assistant Prosecutor Richard Incremona told the News Transcript that Robert Dunbar, 35, of Staten Island, N.Y., was charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes in connection with his actions toward one individual in the home.

Incremona said Dunbar was charged with two counts of aggravated assault in connection with his actions toward a second individual in the home.

A struggle that took place in the residence resulted in shots being fired at an adult male, according to Incremona.

Incremona said the man who was struck by a bullet was treated for his injuries and released from Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune. He declined to say where the man sustained the injuries or describe the extent of those injuries.

A complaint warrant released by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office on Aug. 13 shed some additional light on the incident. The document states that Dunbar took a firearm from the victim (identified as L.P.) by force during a home invasion and fired three shots at L.P., striking him once in the back.

Published reports have indicated that the man who was shot is an officer with the New York Police Department.

The complaint warrant states that a second victim (identified as D.D.) was thrown to the ground by Dunbar while he was punching L.P.

D.D. sustained injuries to her head and arm, according to the complaint warrant, which was signed by Manalapan Detective Charles Alaimo.

Incremona said Dunbar fled the scene and a 24-hour manhunt ensued to find him. He said Dunbar surrendered himself at the Manalapan Police Department at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 12.

As of Aug. 13, Dunbar was being held at the Monmouth County jail, Freehold Township, on $500,000 bail with no 10 percent option.

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