Rufus Monroe, who allegedly burglarized a vehicle on Marvin Road and attacked the owners with a chemical spray, was indicted by a Monmouth County grand jury on Thursday.
On Sunday, Sept. 30, Monroe allegedly broke into a vehicle owned by a female Marvin Road resident and stole a Coach bag valued at $380, ccording to the arrest warrant. During the course of the burglary, Monroe allegedly attacked the woman’s husband with an unknown chemical irritant and then wrestled with the woman before dousing her with the spray, as well.
Police say Monroe then fled, hopping the fence of a nearby Park Avenue property. He allegedly provided police with a false date of birth during the course of the investigation. Patrolman Lawrence Seymour of the Middletown Township Police Department took Monroe into custody.
The grand jury indicted Monroe on charges of burglary, robbery, theft of movable property, unlawful possession of a weapon, and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.