A car ride home took a turn for the worse Monday, September 3, according to the Hightstown Borough Police Department, who responded to a complaint of strong armed robbery and aggravated assault.
Jose Quiterio, 33, reported after a night of drinking at the American Legion in East Windsor, NJ, he received a ride home from a friend and two unknown males, between 1:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m.
Police said the Hightstown, NJ, man reported the subjects drove him to a wooded area in the area of Springcrest Drive and Westerlea Avenue. Quiterio reported he was pushed out of the vehicle by the subjects who held him down, kicked him in the forehead, and stole his necklace, cellular phone, and wallet, valued around $700.
The victim identified one of his attackers as Marco Cadena, 21, of East Windsor, NJ, who has an active warrant for his arrest in the amount of $5000 for the incident, police said.
Quiterio reportedly described the other assailants as Hispanic males, approximately 25 to 30 years old, approximately 5 feet 4 inches, and weighing approximately 160 to 180 lbs.
The victim sustained lacerations to the head and contusions to the face, but refused medical attention at the time of incident.
There was no vehicle description at the time of the report.
According to Police Director James Le Tellier, police are still searching for Quiterio’s assailants, and the investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Cadena or information on the other suspects is asked to contact the Hightstown Borough Police Department at 609-448-1234.