LAKEWOOD, NJ-Ocean County Prosecutors’s Office has announced that on February 7, 2019, Reginald Patillo, 47, of Lakewood, New Jersey was arrested and charged with Attempted Murder in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:5-1a(1) and N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3a(1), Aggravated Assault Against a Law Enforcement Officer in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1b, Resisting Arrest in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:29-2a(3), Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4d, and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5d.
At approximately 11:00 a.m. this morning 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 hearing the altercation sounded a panic alarm and nearby 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 a knife was recovered. Both the victim and the officer were transported to a local hospital for evaluation of their injuries.
Members of the public and the media are reminded that defendants are innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.