Police: Man stabs person, punches cop at New Jersey town hall in apparent random attack

LAKEWOOD, New Jersey (WPVI) -- A man is accused of stabbing a person at a New Jersey town hall in an apparently random attack before punching a police officer in the eye.

The attack happened at Lakewood Township's municipal building on 3rd Street around 10:55 a.m. Thursday.

Officials said a victim was stabbed in the head and neck area in what appears to be a random attack.

Municipal workers who heard the attack sounded a panic alarm and nearby Lakewood Police officers responded to the scene.

Arriving officers found 47-year-old Reginald Patillo "acting disorderly" on the building's second floor.

When police questioned Patillo , he stood up and, without warning, punched at least one officer in the eye, officials said.

Patillo resisted but was ultimately taken into custody, and a knife was recovered from his waistband.

The victim was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The identity of the victim has not been released.

Patillo was charged with Attempted Murder, Aggravated Assault Against a Law Enforcement Officer, Resisting Arrest, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon.

An investigation is ongoing.


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