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BREAKING: Prosecutors to recommend 10 year prison sentence for suspect who stabbed man in Lakewood’s Municipal Building

Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced moments ago that Reginald Patillo, 48, of Lakewood, pleaded guilty to Aggravated Assault, as well as an additional count of Aggravated Assault Against a Law Enforcement Officer before the Honorable Michael T. Collins, J.S.C. At the time of sentencing on January 10, 2020, the Prosecutor Billhimer will be recommending that Patillo be sentenced to ten years in New Jersey State Prison subject to the No Early Release Act,.

As first reported on TLS, at approximately 11:00 a.m. on the morning of February 7, 2019, in the Lakewood Township Municipal building, Patillo attacked a Lakewood resident as the resident entered an elevator on the second floor. Patillo stabbed the resident multiple times in the neck and head area. Municipal workers heard the altercation and sounded a panic alarm. Lakewood Police officers responded to the scene. While being questioned, Patillo attacked one of the officers by striking him with a closed fist. Patillo was subdued and placed into custody and the knife was recovered.

Prosecutor Billhimer would like to acknowledge the efforts of Chief Trial Attorney Michael Weatherstone for representing the State, as well as the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit and Lakewood Police Department for their thorough and collective investigation which resulted in these guilty pleas.

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