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Man arrested for assault with an axe in Somerset County

RARITAN BOROUGH, NJ (Somerset County) – A Somerset County man has been arrested and charged in relation to an aggravated assault with an axe in the area of West Somerset Street early Saturday morning in Raritan Borough, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael Robertson.

Jonathan W. Beatty, 53, of Raritan was charged with second-degree aggravated assault and lodged at the Somerset County Jail pending a bail detention hearing in this matter, Robertson said.

On July 3, at around 12:50 a.m., borough police responded to the area of West Somerset Street for a report of a man needing assistance. Officers arrived on scene and located an adult male victim bleeding profusely from lacerations on his back and forearm resulting from an attack with an axe, Robertson said.

The victim, who was only identified as a Raritan Borough resident, was transported to a nearby hospital for emergency treatment, Robertson said.

Detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and Raritan Borough Police Department responded to the scene to conduct an investigation. As a result of this investigation, Beatty was identified as the individual involved in the aggravated assault with the axe, Robertson said.

“The assault was an isolated incident which occurred following a verbal altercation. The victim and the defendant are known to each other,” Robertson said.

On Saturday, July 3, Beatty was transported from his residence to the Raritan Borough Police Department where he was taken into custody without incident, Robertson said.

Anyone with information relating to the aggravated assault to contact the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 908-231-7100 or the Raritan Police Department at 908-725-6700 or via the STOPit app. The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit.

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