Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced that on January 10, 2020, Reginald Patillo, 48, of Lakewood, was sentenced by the Honorable Michael T. Collins, J.S.C., to ten years in New Jersey State Prison (NJSP) in connection with an Aggravated Assault in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1b which occurred at the Lakewood Township Municipal Building on February 7, 2019.  The sentence will be subject to the terms of the No Early Release Act, N.J.S.A. 2C:43-7.2, requiring Patillo to serve 85 percent of his ten year sentence.  Judge Collins also sentenced Patillo to four years NJSP for Aggravated Assault Against a Law Enforcement Officer in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1b(5)(a).  The sentences will run concurrently.  Patillo pleaded guilty to both charges before Judge Collins on November 18, 2019.

At approximately 11:00 a.m. on the morning of February 7, 2019, in the Lakewood Township Municipal building, Patillo attacked a Lakewood resident as the resident entered an elevator on the second floor.  Patillo stabbed the resident multiple times in the neck and head area.  Municipal workers heard the altercation and sounded a panic alarm, prompting Lakewood Police Officers to respond to the scene.  While being questioned, Patillo attacked one of the officers by striking him with a closed fist.  Patillo was subdued and placed into custody and the knife was recovered.

Prosecutor Billhimer commends the diligent efforts of Chief Trial Attorney Michael Weatherstone who represented the State throughout the proceedings, as well as the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit and Lakewood Police Department for their collaborative assistance resulting in Patillo’s lengthy State Prison sentence.