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 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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