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Man carjacks police golf cart at Jersey Shore

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A New Jersey man is accused of a wild crime spree at the Jersey Shore that started with carjacking a police golf cart.

It happened Sunday at approximately 8:40 p.m. in Manasquan.

Police say Thomas Hall and Michael Smith of the beach patrol were patrolling the beach walk in the golf cart type of vehicle belonging to the Manasquan Beach Department.

They say that Lukas Iorio, 20, of Ridgefield Park approached them and jumped feet first at the front of the cart, kicked out the plastic windshield and landed in the front seat.

Police say that Iorio then starting assaulting the pair and forced them out of the cart.

He then reportedly took off in the cart through the crowd at a high rate of speed. A 49-year old man was hit and injured by the cart.

Iorio, according to police, crashed the cart into a gazebo at the end of the beach walk at Riverside Drive and then tried to steal a bicycle from a rack.

A 53-year old man walked up to Iorio and attempted to calm him and see if he was okay but police say Iorio started punching him in the back of the head before running away.

Police say Iorio then ran into the open door of a nearby home and confronted the people inside. He allegedly repeatedly punched a 72-year old man in the face and head.

Iorio was subdued by several family members and the two members of the beach patrol who had run to the home. Police arrived and arrested Iorio.

The Manasquan First Squad treated five people in connection with the string of incidents. A sixth person went to a medical facility on their own for treatment.

Iorio faces carjacking, burglary, resisting arrest, assault and criminal mischief charges. He also was charged with DUI, reckless driving, and other vehicle related charges. A judge set his bail at $341,000.

He is due back in Manasquan Municipal Court on June 4, 2014.


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