Two charged for aggravated assault


BoundBrook, N.J. – Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor, and Bound Brook Borough Chief of Police Vito Bet announced the arrests of Selvin Ixtabalan-Garcia, age 21, of Church Street, Bound Brook, New Jersey, and Heiner Rivera-Ramirez, 38 of Clinton Avenue, Middlesex, New Jersey in relation to an aggravated assault that took place in Bound Brook, New Jersey.

Prosecutor Robertson stated that on April 26, 2021, at approximately 5:01 p.m., Bound Brook Police Department received a 9-1-1 call reporting an assault in progress involving three males kicking another male in the area of East Main Street. Responding officers located a 38-year-old Bound Brook resident lying on the ground with swollen eyes bleeding from his nose and mouth.

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The victim was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. Detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit responded to the scene along with detectives from the Bound Brook Police Department to conduct an investigation.

As a result of this investigation, Heiner Rivera-Ramirez and Selvin Ixtabalan-Garcia were identified as the suspects involved in the assault. Rivera-Ramirez and Ixtabalan-Garcia were located in the area and transported to Bound Brook Police Department for questioning. Rivera-Ramirez and Ixtabalan-Garcia were arrested and charged with 2nd-degree Aggravated Assault. Both defendants were lodged in the Somerset County Jail pending a bail detention hearing.

Prosecutor Robertson, Chief Fodor and Chief Bet request that anyone with information relating to this assault to contact the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office at (908) 231-7100 or the Bound Brook Police Department at (732) 356-0800 or via the STOPit app. The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smartphone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ. Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). All anonymous STOPit reports and Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.

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