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Manalapan Man Struck on Head and Robbed of $1,200

The robbery and assault happened near Pension Road.

A Manalapan man was struck at the back of the head and then robbed of $1,200 in cash around midnight on Saturday, Feb. 23 somewhere near Pension Road, the Manalapan Township Police Department reported.

The victim, a 20-year-old man who is self-employed, was hit in the back of the head by an unknown object which resulted in a broken jaw and possible broken orbital socket. He was transported to Old Bridge Regional Hospital for treatment, according to police. 

The incident was reported to police by a 52-year-old Pension Road resident at around 3:45 p.m. This case is currently under investigation by the Manalapan Township Police Detective Bureau. 

T.T. February 27, 2013 at 01:27 PM
Manalapan is really on the map for crime. This is terrible. I've lived here for over 30 years and just watch the progression of negative incidents happen here. It's shameful and embarrassing. We really didn't have these types of problems until maybe the last 5 years or at least maybe they just weren't reported publicly .
Mike February 27, 2013 at 04:00 PM
There has got to be more to the story. Who walks around with $1200 on them?
Razor February 27, 2013 at 04:26 PM
This town is definitely changing. What's going on? It's that up to 5 years ago or so there was not as much violence, drug issues, or burglaries in manalapan. I think drugs are making their way into the schools and poisoning our family oriented community that we want for children. This is why I left New York and its starting to happen here.
Unsilent Majority February 27, 2013 at 05:52 PM
Highly Increased population density...mostly from New York. Hard hit on the back of the head to break orbital and jaw on the front of the face.
Razor February 27, 2013 at 06:32 PM
Lets not start New York bashing.......
Eric LeSieur February 27, 2013 at 07:35 PM
The problem is that these kids get no type of discipline at home, they're handed everything on a silver platter, and their parents will hire the most expensive attorney they can find when their kids get into trouble. But you're right, this didn't start getting this bad until about 5 years ago. There's a huge generational difference between the kids then and the kids now. Some may say it sounds crazy, but the reality of it is that the convenience of technology has changed everything. My best estimate is that the kids born 1992 (more or less) and after, have grown up with technology in their fingertips. They don't have any experience or memories of working for something to learn, play, or grow. They don't know what it was like before a computer was in every home; having to use a typewriter for school papers, playing outside because video game consoles wouldn't connect them to the world, going to the library to do research. Their life experiences have only led them to expect instant gratification when it comes to anything. They want their money without having to work for it, if they want to feel a certain way they take a drug that will do it for them; they expect everything at the click of a button and at the drop of a dime. Parents need to make their kids GROW socially. Kick them off the Xbox, hold them accountable for their mistakes, teach them life lessons and help instill values of taking pride in what they do and can accomplish. Money isn't everything.
Mary P. February 27, 2013 at 08:06 PM
You are so right JD! Kids today have NO RESPECT and it's easier for parents to give the kids what they want when they want. Shame on them
Redacted February 27, 2013 at 11:35 PM
This all didn't just start around here, it's been going on for years especially the drugs in MHS and the Township as a whole. The Asbury Park Press has completely abandoned local news reporting. You'll learn more from the Patch in one day than one month of the Press, the Home News or News 12.
Andrew rusnak February 28, 2013 at 06:44 PM
Well said jd
Tom Ventrone February 28, 2013 at 11:11 PM
It's not the kids. It's the economy. Crime always rises when an economy sours. Our economy started going south at the same 5 year mark mentioned above
Karenk March 01, 2013 at 05:57 PM
Other areas in NJ are not having same issues. Kids around here are so disrespectful. . I see The way people drive a and treat each other. No respect for anyone. Always starts at Home. People around here lack basic social skills. No one looks at anyone in the face and everyone looks the other way when something happens. Worry about yourself only and crime gets worse if no one cared about Their own neighborhood. Criminals know where to go and more and more homes are being burglarized. What happened to neighborhood watch??? No one cares unless its them. That's a huge problem.
Eric LeSieur March 02, 2013 at 05:01 AM
You're right Tom... the economy is DEFINITELY what's causing these KIDS to do drugs, attack each other, and be disrespectful. Their $8-10/hr jobs in retail must really be getting impacted by a tough economy. Think before you speak, the crimes in Manalapan aren't being committed by grown adults who have fallen on tough times; they're being committed by teenage hoodlums.
Redacted March 03, 2013 at 02:29 PM
What you are very accurately describing is the great Myth of Social Connectivity that this electronic age has wrought us. Quite the opposite has happened. People don't "talk" anymore. I know people who will spend an hour texting back and forth to transmit information that could have been accomplished in a 2 minute phone call. I will call and leave a voicemail for someone who will take 2 days to get back to, but if I text them, the response is instantaneous. One of the best ones is seeing 2 people driving in a car and both are on their cell phones. The human interaction and checks & balances that existed when neighbors knew neighbors is mostly gone replaced by Packet Data transmissions (like this one).

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