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NJ man accused of assaulting teen after golf tourney

September 1, 2011 9:11:02 AM PDT
A New Jeresy man was arrested and charged after he allegedly assaulted a Scotch Plains teenager following the Barclays Golf Tournament last week.

Police say 38-year-old Demesvar Jean-Baptiste, of Watchung in Somerset County, had attended the golf tournament in Edison on August 23 and paid to park his car at a residence near the tournament grounds.

Around 7 p.m., authorities said Jean-Baptiste knocked on the door of a Raritan Road house in Scotch Plains that he mistakenly believed was where he parked his car earlier in the day. A 14-year-old boy who answered the door at the residence informed Jean-Baptiste that he had the wrong house.

At that point, according to the investigation, Jean-Baptiste forced his way inside the home, assaulted the boy and threatened to kill him, everyone in the residence and burn the house down.

The boy was able to escape Jean-Baptiste's grasp and made it to a neighbor's house where the police were called.

According to police reports, officers found Jean-Baptiste several doors away and detected the strong odor of alcohol on his breath.

He was taken into custody and later charged with burglary, terroristic threats and aggravated assault. Jean-Baptiste, a highly-regarded surgeon who specializes in gastric bypass, was released on $130,000 bail.


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