Nurse Charged With Stealing From Summit Beating Victim

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SUMMIT — A registered nurse at Overlook Hospital was charged with one count of third degree theft on Monday, after he allegedly stole several hundred dollars from an unconscious man who was brought into the hospital’s emergency room on July 17, Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow and Summit Police Chief Robert C. Lucid announced.

Stephan Randolph, 39, of Flemington, was on duty at the hospital when emergency workers brought in Abelino Mazaniego of Summit who was suffering from severe head trauma, said Romankow.

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It was later revealed that Mazaniego, 47, had been the victim of an attack perpetrated by several teenagers. Mazaniego never regained consciousness after the attack and died last Tuesday. Three teenagers have been charged with Mazaniego’s death and that investigation is continuing, authorities said.

The night of the attack coincided with Mazaniego’s regular payday and family members informed police that roughly $640 was missing from his wallet. An investigation was launched by Summit police that let them to Randolph, officials said.


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