3 Madison Men Charged in Cook Plaza Assault

Madison men facing aggravated assault charges in incident that seriously injured three other residents.

Three Madison men were arrested Thursday morning and charged with aggravated assault in connection with an early Sunday morning, police said.

Anthony P. Albanese, 18, and Matthew Marano and Anthony Costa, both 20, were charged, according to a statement released Thursday.

Armed with arrest warrants, police arrested the defendants over the course of Thursday morning, police said.

Albanese was arrested following a motor vehicle stop on Myrtle Avenue at 7:35 a.m., Marano was arrested at work at 8 a.m., and Costa turned himself in to authorities at 9:38 a.m., police said.

Marano and Albanese were taken to the Morris County jail on $50,000 bail, and Costa was released on his own recognizance, according to police. The investigation was led by Detective Edward Mitchko, who was assisted by Patrolman Craig Perrelli during the arrests.

The altercation at the Cook Plaza parking lot left three borough men, including two who were unconscious when authorities arrived, with serious injuries Sunday at about 1:40 a.m., police said. The injured men were taken to Morristown Medical Center. Police said Thursday they do not know what started the confrontation.

Sandman May 25, 2012 at 05:11 PM
For those of you who think that Costa’s uncle didn’t help him out and that him being the only one being released is fair and just, here’s a scenario for ya – if you are a willing participant, OR are with someone who is committing a crime and you do nothing to stop it, then you are just as guilty in a court of law as they are.
Sandman May 25, 2012 at 05:12 PM
There were four of them…anyone know why the fourth hasn’t been arrested?
pat May 25, 2012 at 05:56 PM
The fourth one didnt do anything thats why
Bill Kingston May 25, 2012 at 05:56 PM
When you add up the recent history of this department it sure looks and sounds disfunctional. First you had the Detective Haspell under age child internet case, then the Sgt Iossa stealing from his fellow officers case, the big current lawsuit about abusive treatment of an officer by police management (I know we've only heard one side but when it's told under oath by the Union President you have to figure at least some of it is true), and now a relative of a Police Lieutenant seemingly getting preferential treatment in this case, it appears there are some very serious issues here. And in the Kaspereen case it was documented that he was not to be used to assist the rest of the department in any way, and that they were to call another police department for additional assistance if needed before utilizing him - well if that was my family member that was getting attacked and let's say Kaspereen was a block away on patrol but wasn't called in to respond to the attack based on management's orders - well there would be a larger lawsuit facing this town. No doubt more facts need to come out on the last two cases but someone from the borough needs to at least address some of these concerns immediately both internally and publicly. I'm sure the standard "cannot comment at this time" will apply though. Madison deserve's better.
been there done that May 25, 2012 at 06:16 PM
So who is the MPD officer related to Costa?
Patchisarag May 25, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Here is a scenario for you that I just read about in the paper. Boyfriend and girlfriend are arrested while committing a burglary and theft. Boyfriend and girlfriend are both charged with the burglary and theft. Boyfriend goes to jail on $100,000 bail while girlfriend is released with no bail. Hmmmm...Can you say girlfriend ratted out boyfriend? Happens all the time and from what I understand from one of the victims Costa was the only one who cooperated.
Bob May 25, 2012 at 10:25 PM
It's also funny that the 2 kids got picked up within 25 minutes of eachother so that means they obviously didn't even go after costa because it would have been all around the same time , he was def tipped of to turn himself in
Joe vasuci May 26, 2012 at 03:34 AM
I love how my comment was removed. I would love to know why. I do have freedom of speech. I didnt use slander
DINGBAT May 26, 2012 at 03:37 AM
Honestly do any of you guys have lives...kids get into fights...some people get beat up more than others...no one beats up someone that badly without a reason....why don't you all let the justice system take this in their own hands and do what they have to do....none of you know the whole story...how can you accuse people of stuff you don't even know...are you criminologists....I think not....
TiredofMadisonPolitics May 26, 2012 at 10:42 AM
What reason could there be to stomp a guy's face into disfigurement? Justifiable force in self-defense requires that you attempt to flee unless you are in imminent danger. Unless he was molesting a child or raping someone (Which I'm not suggesting at all), there is no way I could advocate that violent a response. This is more than just beating someone up, this was an attempt to permanently maim someone. I do agree though, let the justice system play out because we don't know all of the facts.
raksha May 26, 2012 at 11:25 AM
That's just it, Dingbat. That's why everyone is so upset. These kids didn't know each other. Different age groups, different crowds. This terrible, violent beating was done randomly, without reason, here in what we thought was a safe community. It has rattled us all. And I for one want serious enough punishment inflicted so that it doesn't happen randomly again.
Bill Kingston May 27, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Same here Joe.
Tony May 27, 2012 at 09:53 AM
Jerry mantone
Jenny May 27, 2012 at 06:50 PM
then please explain how he was released so quickly, and how he knew to turn himself in only a couple hours after the other arrests....
Dodger973 May 28, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Dodger973 May 28, 2012 at 05:01 PM
aka lieutenant
Sandman May 28, 2012 at 05:27 PM
All these problems in the police department started happening after the old boss retired. Maybe they should bring him back.
Mikey D May 28, 2012 at 08:31 PM
"Justifiable force in self-defense requires that you attempt to flee unless you are in imminent danger" In NJ.
Sharon May 29, 2012 at 01:07 PM
It breaks my heart that these kids are in this situation. I agree that all three did the crime but dis-agree that one is free. Where is the justice? I know the parents of the victims are upset. If the shoe was on the other foot, I will guarantee neither one of them would be released...I hope everyone will take a step back and pray for each of the families. The mother of the victim should truly have support not just from us but the parrents of the kids that did this to her son. WRONG IS WRONG
Patchisarag May 29, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Sandman you sound disgruntled. Maybe a former resident or ticket holder of the PD? Friend or Family of the attackers? Regardless of your dislike you miss the bigger picture. These guys were savagely beaten and one of the victims may have medical issues for the rest of his life. Focus on that instead of some trivial beef you may have.
Grant Falcone May 29, 2012 at 09:01 PM
So true. This website appears to have town People who have a beef with police or town government voice their dislikes anonymously. That's why this website is a joke and a "rag". Half the people who comment negatively about Authority either got a ticket, got arrested, or their family/friend got into trouble. So the 8 or 10 people with five different screen names- keep getting your fix on the computer. Haha
Sandman May 29, 2012 at 09:14 PM
I thought blogs were where people can voice their opinions and not be ridiculed. For the record, I have no beef what so ever with the MPD and I think that majority of them are great cops, nor have I ever been arrested, in trouble, know anyone whose been arrested and have never even gotten so much as a parking ticket anywhere. I was making an observation of what has gone on since new management took office.
DINGBAT May 29, 2012 at 09:38 PM
As I said before if there was not a reason...maybe there is a mental issue...people just do not do that...Almost to play devil's advocate is necessary...I mean yes I do send my prayers to the victims and their families but you have to think what egged this on and why.... From what I am told all involved come from good Madison families....It's something to think about....everyone takes the side of the victims (as it was terrible) but no one knows and if you do you I would hope you wouldn't post on a site but go to the police....and to say it won't happen again if they are sentenced harsh punishments in criminal court, really, is not to say, will have the justice system working at an equal...in civil court yes but in criminal court...I'd be surprised if charges are held....unless these kids have outstanding criminal records...First Time offenders always get off easier and that is a fact....self defense only goes so far...that is true but what if you are life threatened....or in imminent danger...we do not know what exactly happened I feel we need the whole story before anyone can say anything
oh, piner May 30, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Blogs=Maximum ridicule in exchange for anonymity. And I agree with you btw.
Patchisarag May 31, 2012 at 01:54 AM
http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012/05/3_charged_in_attacks_before_mo.html Hey Sandman, read the above article. Kid in Morristown is present during a robbery but does not get charged. There goes your scenario. Maybe his Uncle is a Madison Police Officer!!
Sandman May 31, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Patchisarag – You keep comparing burglaries and robberies to this heinous crime. That’s like comparing apples to oranges. In all of your comparisons, no one was severely injured during the act of these crimes. In this particular case, 3 were injured, 1 more severely than the others. Do you have a law degree? Do you practice law? I think not, because if you did, you would know that in 14 states these kids would all be charged with 2 counts AG and 1 count attempted murder. “Know your role and shut your mouth.” Dingbat – I hope that they all turn on each other and become rats. However, the Albanese kid still has yet to go to trial for his previous aggravated assault charge (where he also sent someone to the hospital). With that being said, the others could plead out, but he will be facing an AG in the second or third degree charge because of his previous and pending crimes, while the others will most likely not. These escalated charges carry a sentence of 5-15 years in prison (85% of the sentence having to be served before release) with a $25,000 to $150,000 fine. I am sure though, that even if the other 2 plead out, all 3 men involved in this crime will be charged and found guilty in a civil court.
raksha May 31, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Thank you Sandman for your concise analysis. I sincerely hope your predicted outcome is forthcoming. From your lips (or keyboard) ... etc.
Patchisarag June 06, 2012 at 01:56 AM
Actually he was arrested the same day as the other two not four days later but you were probably too busy paying your parking ticket to realize that.
wow June 27, 2012 at 12:00 PM
Brittany Pescatore June 04, 2013 at 05:17 PM
before you comment and say something as unintelligent as you just did, do your research. both of those boys had TWO charges while anthony costa only had ONE. he also 100% cooperated with the police as the other two did not. that is why he was released on his own recognizance.


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