South Plainfield Man Indicted For Attempted Murder Of Borough Worker

NEW BRUNSWICK — 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, 24, was charged with attempted murder, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and hindering his apprehension or prosecution, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan announced today.


The grand jury handed up the charges in New Brunswick on April 21, 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., authorities said

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 Dec. 16, 2009.

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