Man Pleads Guilty To Brazen Assault In Elevator

Reginald Patillo (Photo courtesy Ocean County Jail)

  LAKEWOOD – A Lakewood man has pleaded guilty to the aggravated assault of another township resident during an incident that occurred back in February, announced Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer.

  On Nov. 18, 48-year old Reginald Patillo 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.

  Sentencing is scheduled for January 10, 2020. Prosecutor Billhimer will be recommending Patillo be sentenced to 10 years in state prison.

  On February 7, 2019, at approximately 11 a.m., Patillo attacked another resident in an elevator in the Lakewood Township Municipal building. Patillo stabbed the resident multiple times in the neck and head area as they entered an elevator on the second floor. Municipal workers heard the altercation and sounded a panic alarm, according to Prosecutor Billhimer.

  Lakewood Police responded to the scene and were questioning Patillo when he attacked one of the officers, striking him with a closed fist.  Patillo was subdued and placed into custody and the knife was recovered.

  Prosecutor Billhimer acknowledged 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 in this investigation.