A 65-year-old Seaside Park man is recovering in a hospital following a fight in the borough Monday night, police said.
According to Seaside Park Police Department Corporal Stephen Shadiack, a verbal dispute occurred in the bar area at the Windjammer Motor Inn on East Central Avenue in the borough around 7:30 p.m.
The dispute spilled outside and turned physical, Shadiack said, adding that police received a call about a fight in progress at 7:32 p.m.
Upon arrival, police observed a group of individuals fighting in the street and a man face up in a pool of blood, the spokesman said.
“He was punched in the face, closed-fisted, causing him to drop to the ground and lose consciousness,” Shadiack said. “When he met the ground, the hit caused a laceration from the fall.”
The Tri-Boro First Aid Squad responded, and emergency workers determined that the head injury was serious enough to require aeromedical transport to the trauma center at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune.
The police spokesman said the man is under medical observation and did not suffer life-threatening injuries.
Police arrested three men involved in the fight.
Samuel Hambrick III, 36, of Dunellen was charged with one count of simple assault and processed and released on a summons pending a municipal court hearing.
Justin Zakarzewski, 33, of Manville was charged with one count of simple assault and processed and released on a summons pending a municipal court hearing.
Carlo DeMarco, 26, of Milltown, who Shadiack said struck the 65-year-old man, was charged with one count of aggravated assault and lodged in the Ocean County Jail in Toms River on $7,500 bail with no ten percent option. The spokesman said he has since posted bail.
The investigation is ongoing.