Monday, March 24, 2008
Keansburg, NJ - In a horrifying display of using a dog as part of a criminal operation, Jersey cops report that two teenagers grabbed a borough man, dragged him into an apartment building, where they beat him and a 28-year-old woman released a pit bull to attack him while she rifled through the victim's pockets.
Police said the 28-year-old woman, Tamica Q. Moss, left her three children --ages 5, 7, and 9 -- alone in a park Friday evening while she went to Raritan Avenue to commit the robbery. Moss, who lives on Seeley Avenue in Keansburg, was arrested Sunday, while the two 17-year-old boys from Keansburg and Lakewood were taken into custody Friday night.
Around 5:15 p.m. Friday, the victim, a 25-year-old Keansburg man, told Patrolman Joseph Jankowski he was walking home from a convenience store when he was grabbed from behind and dragged into the hallway of a two-family apartment building on Raritan Avenue. The two boys beat him on the face and body, and one of the teens repeatedly instructed the dog to "get'' the victim.
The pit bull had been in an upstairs apartment, and the victim watched as Moss held the dog at the top of the stairs, then released the animal, said Deputy Chief James Pigott. As the pit bull bit the victim, the two teens continued to beat the 25-year-old, and Moss ripped through his pockets. She took $137, his cell phone, wallet and iPod.
The victim was treated at Bayshore Hospital in Holmdel and released, police said. He suffered bleeding and swelling of the brain in the attack, according to a criminal complaint signed against Moss. The boys were each charged with robbery, kidnapping, theft, possession of a weapon (the dog), possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, and aggravated assault.
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| 3/25/2008 4:18 PM |
"As of press time, Moss was being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Institute (MCCI), Freehold. Bail was set at $443,500, with no 10 percent option.
Police said Moss has outstanding warrants in Ocean Township, Toms River, Freehold Township, Tinton Falls, Howell Township, Lakewood Township and Asbury Park. Pigott said the charges range from failure to pay fines to failure to comply with sentencing."
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