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                                *News Release*           Date: May 6, 2010








South Plainfield man indicted on charges of attacking borough worker



          Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan today announced that a South Plainfield man has been indicted by a grand jury in Middlesex County on charges stemming from the attack of a borough employee, whose neck was cut on Labor Day.


          Anthony K. Cole, (DOB 8/18/85) of Woolworth Avenue in South Plainfield, was charged with attempted murder, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and hindering his apprehension or prosecution.


          A separate indictment charged Cole with a count of certain persons not to have weapons.


The grand jury handed up the charges in New Brunswick on April 21, 2010, following a presentation by Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Christopher Kuberiet, who oversees the Middlesex County Gangs, Guns and Drugs Task Force in the prosecutor’s office.


The panel reviewed the case following an investigation by members of the South Plainfield Police Department, who determined that Cole approached David Donatelli, 53, from behind and cut his neck with a knife on September 7, 2009, at Spring Lake Park in South Plainfield.


Donatelli, who is employed by the borough’s public works department, was shutting off park lights at the end of the borough’s Labor Day celebration when he was attacked shortly before 8:48 p.m.


Donatelli was taken to JFK Medical Center in Edison, where he was treated.


An on-going investigation by South Plainfield Police led to the arrest of Cole on December 16, 2009.


As is the case with all criminal defendants, Cole is presumed innocent until proven guilty.