WITNESS DESCRIBES BLOODY ATTACK
Today’s Asbury Park Press describes a bloody scene as a 22-year-old Red Bank man stabbed his former girlfriend outside the Red Bank Primary School shortly before 9a Wednesday.
Being held on attempted murder and weapons charges is Jorge Vargas Mancilla, who he Press says resides at West Bergen Street (perhaps it meant West Bergen Place). His bail was set at $750,000, the Press says.
The victim is the 21-year-old mother of Mancilla’s child, a student at the school, but was not identified by police. The attack occurred as she was dropping the child off at school.
The woman was in stable condition last night at Riverview Medical Center recovering from multiple wounds from a kitchen knife, according to the report, which does not specify her injuries.
From the Press:
One grandmother, who said she witnessed the incident, but declined to be identified, said she initially thought two children were squabbling, but then she realized that the man had stabbed the woman.
“He wasn’t saying anything,” said the witness, who was at the school to drop her grandson off. “He was just cutting her. I looked in his hand and blood was everywhere.”
She said the school principal tried to stop the assault.
Schools Superintendent Laura Morana told redbankgreen yesterday, however, that no staff members had been involved. And in a letter the Press says was sent home to parents yesterday afternoon, Morana reiterated that “The incident did not affect any of our faculty/staff or students.
“However, it impacted one of our students’ families. As you can imagine, we are saddened by this event,” Morana wrote, according to the Press.
She said the school crisis team was available all day to talk to the children and staff. She said the school schedule was not disrupted. Students had recess outdoors, and they followed a regular school day, Morana said.
Morana also offered suggestions for parents: “If your children experience unresolved feelings that they would like to discuss, parents can help by listening carefully, not overreacting, accepting their children’s feelings, and answering questions honestly in accordance with the family’s beliefs.”
She said the school’s guidance department is prepared to help students through any problems. If a problem requires the expertise of an outside agency, school counselors can help parents contact the available resources, she said.
Anyone with more questions can call the school at (732) 758-1537 or Morana at (732) 758-1507.
Mancilla was being held at the Monmouth County jail in Freehold.