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hot-topic rightA Red Bank man whose homicidal knife attack at the borough primary school two years ago left his ex-girlfriend seriously injured has been sentenced to 15 years in state prison, the Monmouth County Prosecutor announced Thursday.

Twenty-four-year-old Jorge Vargas-Mancilla’s sentencing came three months after he pleaded to attempted murder in state Superior Court in Freehold.

A concurrent four-year sentence was imposed by Judge Richard English for Vargas-Mancilla’s admission that he attacked the school’s principal, Rich Cohen, and guidance counselor Karl Parker in when they attempted to intervene on behalf of Vargas-Mancilla’s 21-year-old ex-girlfriend, the mother of his five-year-old child, a student at the school.

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hot-topic rightA Red Bank man admitted Monday that he intended to kill his former girlfriend when he stabbed her at the borough primary school in December, 2008, the Asbury Park Press reports.

Twenty-four-year-old Jorge Vargas-Mancilla of West Bergen Place, pleaded guilty to attempted murder and aggravated assault. He faces a possible 15-year prison term when he is sentenced in state Superior Court in Freehold in December, the newspaper says.

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LockdownThe December stabbing of a woman outside the primary school during classes led to a brief lockdown of the River Street facility for security purposes.

A man who authorities say repeatedly stabbed his estranged girlfriend outside the Red Bank Primary School in December was indicted Wednesday on attempted murder and related charges, the Monmouth County Prosecutor‘s office announced.

Twenty-three-year old Red Bank resident Jorge Vargas-Mancilla remains in custody on $750,000 bail following the December 3 incident, in which school principal Rick Cohen and a guidance counselor were threatened with a long kitchen knife when they tried to stop the attack, the prosecutor contends.

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Cohenmorana_2Primary school Principal Rick Cohen and Superintendent Laura Morana at a 2007 event.

The Asbury Park Press has a dramatic account today of the previously unreported role of the principal and a guidance counselor at the Red Bank Primary School in subduing a knife-wielding man as he stabbed a woman at the school entrance Wednesday.

Shortly before 9a that morning, Principal Rick Cohen “heard one of his staffers screaming that someone needed to call the police” and ran outside, the Press reports. There, about 25 feet from the entrance to the school courtyard…

“This man was on top of this woman, stabbing her,” 34-year-old Cohen told the Press. “I really felt, at that moment, if I didn’t do something, she was going to die.”

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Details about the roles of Primary School Principal Rick Cohen and guidance counselor Karl Parker in subduing a man as he stabbed his former girlfriend at the school entrance Wednesday morning emerged a day after Superintendent Laura Morana told reporters that no faculty or staff members at the school were “involved in” the incident.

The school also sent students home that afternoon with a letter informing parents that the incident “did not affect any of our faculty/staff or students.”

Both statements were made after Morana spoke to Cohen about his actions and those of guidance counselor Karl Parker in subduing the assailant, Morana told redbankgreen last night.

She defended the statements as accurate and not misleading, and added that “at no point were [Cohen and Parker] in any danger.

“They wanted to help and take some action, but no, they were not in any danger, not at all,” she said. “No one was in danger of any kind at all — no, no.

“Mr. Parker and Mr. Cohen clearly felt that this was the most appropriate action that they needed to take at that moment until the police officers arrived, and that happened very quickly, from what I understand.”

“They themselves did not view themselves to be in any danger at all,” Morana said.

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