Morristown police blotter: Train station assault, punched-out restaurant window


Two items jump off this week’s Morristown police blotter: A reported five-man assault on a man at the train station, and an altercation that smashed the window at Raul’s Empanadas on Morris Street.

Police found a 24-year-old Hispanic male bleeding from the head on Tuesday at 10:48 pm at the train station.

morristown police badgeThe victim, a Madison resident, had cuts on his forehead and the bridge of his nose, and sore ribs, according to a report by Police Officer Michael Molnar.

According to the report, the victim told police he had been awaiting a train in the front circle of the train station when five Hispanic males knocked him to the ground, punched and kicked him, and whipped him with his own belt.

No motive was given for the attack; the victim, who was taken to Morristown Medical Center by the Morristown Fire Department, told a translator, Police Officer Yeison de los Santos,  that  he did not know his attackers, probably could not identify them, and that he was not robbed.

The attackers were described as wearing dark clothing and approximately 20-25 years old. Police searched surrounding streets but did not find the suspects.

This one from Thanksgiving was just released:

Shortly before 2 am, police responded to a report of a fight at Raul’s Empanadas on Morris Street.

Police Officer Joseph Heuneman discovered the large front display window was broken, with shards of glass littering the sidewalk and the inside of the restaurant. Someone pointed to Sean O’Rourke, 24, of Oak Ridge, and said: “He did it,” police reported.

Sean then approached the officer and apologized for breaking the window, explaining that he had been in a fight, according to the report. The suspect volunteered to pay for repairs.

Owner Raul Silva told police that the window cost $1,200, and he was forced to close early on one of his busiest nights of the year, losing an estimated $1,500 in sales.

Sean O’Rourke was charged with criminal mischief.

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