Watchung Man Allegedly Assaulted Scotch Plains Boy

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SCOTCH PLAINS – A 38-year-old Watchung man was arrested last week for allegedly assaulting and threatening a Scotch Plains teenager after the Barclays Golf Tournament, the Union County Prosecutor’s Office announced today.

Demesvar Jean-Baptiste had attended the golf tournament on Tuesday, Aug. 23, and paid to park his car at a residence near the tournament grounds, according to Assistant Prosecutor Michael Cleaver, who is prosecuting the case.

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Around 7 p.m. Jean-Baptiste knocked on the door of a Raritan Road house in Scotch Plains that he mistakenly believed was where he parked his car earlier in the day, said Cleaver. A 14-year-old boy who answered the door at the residence, informed Jean-Baptiste that he had the wrong house.

At that point, authorities believe that Jean-Baptiste forced his way inside the home, assaulted the boy and threatened to kill him, everyone in the residence and burn the house down, said Cleaver.

The boy fled to a neighbor’s house, where the police were called. According to police reports, officers found Jean-Baptiste several doors away and detected the strong odor of alcohol on his breath.

Jean-Baptiste was taken into custody and later charged with burglary, making terroristic threats and aggravated assault. He was released on $130,000 bail.


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