Suspects in assault are sought

JACKSON — Police are asking for the public’s assistance in tracking down the people who assaulted an individual at the 60-Acre Reserve condominium complex on Oct. 18.

Jackson Police Department Uniform Service Commander Capt. David Newman said that at 6:15 p.m. Oct. 18, officers Wayne Olejarz and Jeffrey Henba responded to a reported assault at the 60-Acre Reserve residential development.

He said the officers met with an 18-yearold Lakewood man who reported that he had visited the Violet Lane residence of a woman with whom he was acquainted.

Newman said the 18-year-old had arrived at the woman’s residence accompanied by his friend, a 17-year-old male.

While the two males along with the woman they had come to visit and her female friend were sitting outside on the patio of the home, the group was approached by three black males wearing black pants and black hooded sweatshirts.

The three men were reported to have been carrying aluminum baseball bats, Newman said.

He said the three men said something to the two males who were sitting on the patio, which leads police to believe that they were specifically targeted by the individuals who were carrying the bats.

The three males then demanded that the two young men empty their pockets.

One of the three males then began to push one of the women into the home. At that time, the 18-year-old male tried to assist the woman. He was subsequently beaten about his body with the baseball bats and sustained injuries to his back and hip, police said.

No other individuals were injured. The 18-year-old male was not hospitalized and nothing was stolen from either young man, according to police.

An investigation into the incident is being conducted by Jackson police Detective Campbell Brown. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Brown at 732-833-3008.

Newman said a subsequent search of the 18-year-old male’s vehicle resulted in the discovery of 26 tablets that are believed to be oxycodone hydrochloride. This aspect of the case is still under investigation.