LEBANON BOROUGH, NJ (Hunterdon County) – New Jersey State Police have arrested two New Jersey residents for allegedly assaulting a 25-year-old man with special-needs outside of his residence in Lebanon Borough, state police said.
On Nov. 1, 2017, troopers responded to the report of an assault at an apartment complex in Lebanon Borough. The victim alleged that two men approached him outside of his apartment and dragged him to the rear of the apartment complex where they verbally threatened and assaulted him before fleeing in a vehicle, state police said.
During the investigation, detectives from the State Police Forensic Imaging Unit worked with the victim to create a composite sketch of one of the suspects. Through various investigative means, troopers identified Stephen McDaniel, 33 of Edison as one of the suspects and established evidence linking him to the assault. As a result, troopers issued a warrant for his arrest, state police said.
On Jan. 7, 2020, detectives from the Troop “B” Criminal Investigation Office, Troop “B” Strategic Investigations Unit and Fugitive Unit, along with members of the United States Marshals Fugitive Task Force- Newark located and arrested McDaniel at his residence in Edison. He was charged with aggravated assault and terroristic threats, and lodged at the Hunterdon County Jail pending a detention hearing, state police said.
As a result of the on-going investigation, troopers discovered Jared Thaxton, 30, of Newark was the previous owner of the vehicle seen leaving the scene of the incident, and identified him as the second suspect. On Feb. 13, 2020, Thaxton turned himself in to troopers at Perryville Station, where he was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and terroristic threats. He was released pending a court date, state police said.