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3 Men Badly Hurt in Cook Plaza Assault

Two Madison residents were unconscious when police arrived, authorities said.

are investigating a possible aggravated assault that left three borough men, including two who were unconscious when authorities arrived, with serious injuries, a police official said.

Authorities responded to the Cook Plaza parking lot Sunday around 1:40 a.m. on a report of a fight and found the injured men, who were taken to Morristown Medical Center, Lt. Darren Dachisen said.

Police believe four male suspects ran toward Central Avenue School and the incident is under investigation, he said.

It is being treated as a possible aggravated assault because of the severity of the injuries suffered by the three men, Dachisen said. Police think they have identified the other men involved in the incident and don't believe weapons were used, he said.

Additional information was not available.

raksha May 23, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Rumors are, Mark, that arrests will be made today or tomorrow. I agree, Tony. Don't understand what the holdup is when the whole town knows who the perpetrators are.
John smith May 23, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Wrong "your" you illiterate pacifist.
John smith May 23, 2012 at 05:10 PM
You're right KeepItReal. God forbid some citizens had a little personal responsibility and walked around armed. Personal armament is a foundation of social responsibility. I'm sorry you're so brainwashed and cowed that you don't realize that. I have the deepest pity for people like yourself.
MTA May 23, 2012 at 05:17 PM
I'm typing on a smart phone John. Is that a good enough reason for the typo?
John smith May 23, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Doesn't seem that smart to me...
KeepItReal May 23, 2012 at 05:22 PM
I'd prefer to live in a society where people didn't feel the need to be armed because there was no deterrent to violent crime. Having a police presence to deter crime and to handle non-violent offenders is fine with me. This is not the Wild West, we've evolved from that. At least most of us have.
John smith May 23, 2012 at 05:26 PM
I'd prefer to live in a society that wasn't full of filthy statists that feel the need to disarm private citizens because they're afraid of defending themselves, so they ask for an increased police presence. So I guess we're even.
Resident May 23, 2012 at 05:33 PM
The kids that did this are vicious thugs and I hope they get put away for a long time for what they've done. What is the maximum a minor can get for aggravated assault?
KeepItReal May 23, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Where did I say you needed to be disarmed? Don't put words in my mouth or generalize about my political outlook. "Filthy Statist"? Really? You have no idea.
Tony May 23, 2012 at 05:41 PM
I believe they are all at least 18 yrs of age. THEY'RE GOIN TO THE BIG HOUSE BABY!
MTA May 23, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Your posts are extremely dis respectful to the people involved in this tragedy.
mrdf125 May 23, 2012 at 07:16 PM
the three "victims" werent looking for trouble? you clearly have NO IDEA about the events that took place that evening. when you get into someones face yelling obscinities and refusing to back off when warned multiple times this is what happens. not only that but i guess the police report forgot to mention one of the "victims" threw the first punch.
John smith May 23, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Good. I'm glad. Maybe they'll wake up, arm themselves, and use a little situational awareness.
MTA May 23, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Good idea John- if guns were involved I'm confident we would be mourning the loss of lives. You don't belong in Madison and I hope you sure as hell do not live here.
DDNJ May 23, 2012 at 08:26 PM
i know the victims and drank with them in the past. they i can assure you they were not looking for trouble. mrdf125 if you have such a good idea on what happened, maybe you should let the autorities know. history is made by the one's left able to speak and as of now, the VICTIMS aren't able to.
John smith May 23, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Aaaand of course my comment gets deleted because morons don't want to hear the truth. No that's cool. I'm sorry that you're the kind of person that mourns the loss of scum. No really, you have my sympathies.
Polly May 23, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Madison did lay off ten cops and look, robbery, theft, and assault. How about hiring enough to staff at least one shift! Maybe considering they do actually make a difference! ng
Michael May 23, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Please, everybody just ignore "John smith." Instead, let's focus on sending our thoughts and prayers to the families of the victims. As JPB said, the three victims are amazing people and they were celebrating and being responsible by walking home. They are my best friends. So please, let's all wish them a speedy recovery!
mark herman May 23, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Polly, I looked back in records om staff for police and I don't see any layoff of ten cops. Ant reading of the department shows it is not well run. Let's be honest folks, how many news stories on a small police departments management can we have and not ask what is wrong? -- But I take the "we need more cops argument" with a grain of salt. What worries me is what kind of young men beat two guys into blackouts.
Dodger16 May 24, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Between "John Smith", "Chris" & "Mrdf125" apparently any idiot can post on here.  "John Smith" - Go back to where you came from. You're obviously the most uneducated idiot on this blog. Chris- Yes bars close in Madison between 1:30-2am. Didn't know it was a crime to get a cocktail to celebrate with friends. Guess you don't get out too much. Mrdf125 - Sounds to me like you were there as an accessory or an accomplice...thank God these posts are traceable...idiot. These kids were all good kids and didn't deserve any of this. For those with children, you understand. Justice will be served and the truth will come out.
Polly May 24, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Mark...I used the layoff if ten cops from the previous post. I do know for sure with resignations and retirements there have been shortage of shifts. With this said, is it fair to blame all if the happenings in Madison on our police force? It appears and has been for the past several years that the town in general is not behind the force at all. Isn't it fair to say the cops in this town do some good? This was an unfortunate event of some stupid people. To blame our police force goes a little far. Alcohol seems to have played a large part in all of it, and maybe some beer muscles too.
mark herman May 24, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Polly, In no way am I blaming the police for, but by the same point can one not say if we had more police this would not have happened. You open it to one side of the argument, then it is only expected the other side will come out. And still, one cannot think that by any stretch Madison PD is free from management issues. -- Anyway, hope for the quick recovery of those young men and the apprehension of the attackers... And also, any news on the guy that robbed the Shell?
John smith May 24, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Good God, I'm advocating personal responsibility and armament, and I'm an idiot. Yep, welcome to New Jersey, home of the defenseless herd animals. If there's not a cop around, you can do whatever you want to them.
Dodger16 May 24, 2012 at 01:58 AM
We are all missing the bigger picture. We live in a small usually quiet town where everyone knows everyone and normally bad things don't happen and we feel safe. In a matter of a few days, our town has had 2 major crimes occur and our sense of safety has been compromised. As a town, we need to ban together to be heard and to change things. This has been a horrific crime and what happened to these men should never happen to anyone of our neighbors.
mark herman May 24, 2012 at 02:15 AM
First of all, Please please PATCH, take John Smith off. His crude insult is just over the top and he needs to leave. (And I am a gun owning NJ resident who would like to see better access for guns to all in NJ as I think it is our right). But he has to go. No one is being rude to him. -- Second, spot on Dodger16. That Shell robbery really scared a lot of folks. Think of what could have gone wrong and now the poor guys who work there are just on needles. As for the beatings. I anxiously await a series of arrests. Why is it taking so long?
Tony May 24, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Im wondering the same, Mark. They have the names and apparently the bars cameras picked up the attack. If these cowards haven't been arrested and charged yet it brings incompetence to a whole new level.
mark herman May 24, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Why can't you make an argument without the crude and insulting commentary. You don't help your cause or any of ours who want to see greater access to firearms for the average citizen in NJ. Your angry and sit at home and rant away. Do you think that the lefties on this site who always accuse the anti-tax crowd of greed and throw insults help their cause. Come on, grow up. -- And PATCH. If you want to see the end of this comment board then you let a guy curse and rant in obscene language. John Smith needs to be banned. (and wow do I hate saying that about speech)..
Lambo murci lago May 24, 2012 at 03:36 AM
Those kids are punks and think there tough
John smith May 24, 2012 at 04:18 AM
I generally don't relate well to brainwashed new jersey filth. Fixed that for ya.
Bem7/10 May 24, 2012 at 04:32 AM
You would think they would have been arrested by now right? I mean where are the cops? If they have videos , whitnesses, and have been identified whats the hold up. Why do they drop the ball on every major issue but never miss a parking ticket for example. Somebody should just bring the state police in on this one, looks like they MPD has their hands full with whatever they are doing which I bet is nothing.

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