anthonytiedeman3By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

A recent Red Bank Regional graduate who was accepted to Julliard‘s prestigious dance program was badly injured in an assault Sunday night, Red Bank police said.

Police are still pursuing the assailants who beat up Anthony Tiedeman, right, and sent him to the hospital with a broken jaw and eye, mouth and nose injuries, said Captain Darren McConnell.

The assault occurred after a party on Spring Street Sunday. RBR students graduated Friday, and McConnell said the party had “something to do with kids,” but wasn’t sure if it was a graduation party.

“I don’t know if it was all RBR kids, but primarily RBR kids,” involved in the beating, he said.

Police responded to a report of a large party outside a home on Spring Street, and when they arrived, “located a party breaking up,” McConnell said. Police then saw Tiedeman, who “had some facial injuries from a physical assault,” McConnell said, reading from the police report.

Tiedeman, 18, whose family lives on Spring Street, was taken to Riverview Medical Center for his injuries.

As part of the department’s investigation, which may yield charges against suspects, McConnell said police are treating the incident as a possible bias crime.

Under state statute, assaults meant to intimidate a victim because of his race, color, religion, gender, handicap, sexual orientation or ethnicity are subject to heavier penalties than a other assaults.

In April, redbankgreen reported on Tiedeman being accepted to Julliard after being selected from among 560 applicants.