Four arrested in Marlboro shooting


According to a press release from the Marlboro Police Department, Michael Assante, 21, of the Morganville section of Marlboro, Ronald Testa, 19, of Brooklyn, N.Y., Christian Salazar, 22, of Queens, N.Y., and Robert Maffei, 20, of Brooklyn, N.Y., were each charged with aggravated assault, possession of a weapon, unlawful possession of a weapon and conspiracy.

A call reporting a suspicious vehicle on Rene Drive, a residential neighborhood near Route 18 and Gordons Corner Road, was received at approximately 8:33 p.m., according to police.

Patrolman Michael Haroun responded and searched the neighborhood. During his search, the original complainants who had called police told the officer that they had just been shot at by the occupants of a silver sport-utility vehicle.

Moments later, police said, the vehicle was located and followed onto Route 520 east. Police made a motor vehicle stop and the four males found to be in possession of a .22 caliber handgun were arrested at 8:44 p.m., the press release said.

All four men were lodged in the Mon-mouth County jail, Freehold Township.

According to Marlboro Police Capt. Bruce Hall, as of April 7 a search of the suspects’ vehicle still remained to be conducted. Sgt. Paul Reed is in charge of the investigation, which was delayed by Monday’s snow storm. Police did not speculate on a motive for the alleged incident.