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Chivalrous Man From Holmdel Winds Up In Fistfight Outside A&P

Holmdel Police have released a report of a situation that quickly went from bad to worse on Oct. 31, in the days following Hurricane Sandy.

Hurricane Sandy brought out the best in some people, and also the worst. 

On Oct. 31 around 2 p.m., a fistfight broke out in front of the main entrance of the Holmdel A&P between a 37-year old Holmdel man and a 22-year old Manasquan driver.  

It was just two days after the superstorm blew though and many were without power. The parking lot at A&P -- one of the few supermarkets open -- was a very busy place with people buying water and essentials. 

According to the Holmdel victim's statement to Det. Eric Hernando of the Holmdel Police, he was in the parking lot when a driver later identified as Patrick D. Campbell, a 6'3", 220-lb student from Manasquan, was seen outside his car, yelling and cursing at a woman who was in a car with three kids between the ages of 6 to 13. He said he saw Campbell throw a water bottle at the woman's car before getting back into his silver Nissan. 

The Holmdel man asked the young man why he was picking on a woman. 

Campbell got out of his car and assaulted the Holmdel man, punching him in the head and face two or three times, according to the victim's statement to police. The two wrestled to the ground until the girlfriend intervened. She grabbed her boyfriend and they took off in the car, he said.  

Meanwhile, Holmdel Police had arrived on the scene and within 10 minutes police patrols, aided by witnesses who reported Campbell's license plate, caught up with Campbell's Nissan at Route South near Middletown. Campbell was transported by Sgt. Jeff Ackerson to the A&P where he was put under arrest.

According to Det. Hernando, Campbell continually interrupted the officer, using derogatory language, and demanded to know who assaulted him. 

At headquarters, he was charged with assault, disorderly conduct, harassment and criminal mischief with damage (an indictable offense.) Police could not fingerprint or photograph him due to lack of power at the station. He was released pending a court date. 

The Holmdel man had minor cuts and abrasions to his face, knee and elbow, and pain on the right side of his head, but declined medical attention. 

According to a statement by the 44-year old mother from Middletown who had her children in the car, the incident began when Campbell allegedly raced his car through the parking lot and nearly hit a woman in the crosswalk before slamming on the brakes.

The Middletown woman honked her horn, which prompted Campbell to jump out of his car and shout at her from between the two vehicles, she said.  After hopping in the car, she said he returned again to spit at her car and throw the water bottle. Her car bumper was damaged to the tune of about $500 by the water bottle, or perhaps by a kick during the brawl that ensued. 

Two other witnesses came forwards and corroborated their accounts.

The A&P's video surveillance system was down due to the power outage, but the 12- and 13-year olds in the car used their cellphones to capture a portion of the commotion on their cellphones, which they later emailed to police. 

Dorian Yates November 13, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Roid Rage. He was probably upset that the gym was not open yet.
JoAnne Capuano November 13, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Incidents like this happen way too often. I had a similar situation last year. A man was driving fast thru the Holmdel Commons shopping center and when he saw me look annnoyed at his driving and almost hitting me, he got out and started pounding on my car and cursing at me. It wasn't until witnesses came and started shouting at the man that they called the police that he finally got in his car and drove off. Lucky for me I was unharmed but quite shaken. Road rage is a very real and dangerous thing. There should be more security in the parking lots especially during the holiday season.
Dorian Yates November 13, 2012 at 12:35 PM
While I agree that roid rage is a serious issue, you have to admit it is further compounded by the army of mothers with 18 kids in their mini vans, talking on cell phones, yelling at the kids, eating bon bons and putting on makeup that do not pay the slightest bit of attention to the road.
Mischa November 13, 2012 at 02:49 PM
There is no excuse for an oaf to yell, spit and throw bottles at a woman - just because she beeped her horn. Really. The gentleman who intervened and suffered a beating at the hands of the fool is a good Samaritan.
Dorian Yates November 13, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Would it be ok to yell, spit and throw bottles at a man?
Mischa November 13, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Of course not. The article was about a woman getting spit at, etc. not a man. Why make an innocent comment into a contentious statement? You are ridiculous.
Mischa November 13, 2012 at 05:18 PM
DY: As I wrote before, the article was about a woman not a man. Why take an innocent comment and turn it into a contentious comment. You are ridiculous.
Jennifer November 13, 2012 at 08:17 PM
True - I have seen women give each other the finger and mouth a dirty word through the window, but NEVER have I seen a woman GET OUT OF THE CAR and attack someone's car. Physical road rage seems mostly male, and often directed against women. I am a woman and I was in a Toyota sedan with two little kids in carseats when I got myself stuck in an intersection where there was a " no left turn" sign which was only lit up at certain times. So I hesitated when I saw it, and traffic started moving around me, and a man whose car was blocked -for all of, what, 2 minutes at the most before I would be able to continue forward? - leaped out of his car, came around to my drivers side and started banging on the window cursing and indicating that I should roll down the window. AS IF!!!! I was incredibly shaken by it. Another man eventually got out and heeled at him and I scooted off. But angry men at your car window is scary, especially when all you can think of is your kids. And some of us actually drive, the cell phones and npbon-Bon comments were, I assume, meant to provoke.
Dorian Yates November 13, 2012 at 08:35 PM
I never said that women were guilty of jumping out of their cars nor was I trying to provoke anyone, I was just stating the facts. In this parking lot in particular and the one across the highway with best buy - you have all of these women in mini-vans and big suvs with multiple kids in them and they are doing everything you can imagine other than driving - not to mention chewing gum with their mouths open - is that a holmdel soccer mommy thing or something? You do realize that you were creating a very unsafe condition with your lack of driving skills and that people could have been hurt or killed. If you cannot navigate the roads properly you should hire a driver, especially with little kids in your car. I bet the man thought you had a heart attack, stroke or needed medical assistance of some kind and he was checking on you to make sure that you were OK since it wouldn’t make sense for you to sit in the middle of an intersection befuddled.
Mischa November 13, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Jennifer: Please don't worry about what Dorian has to say. In a previous post, he accused me of being a misandrist (man-hater). Stupid comment. Dorian clearly has issues with women and only seems to like men. So, just ignore him because he is trying to bait you and his opinion is inconsequential. Have a good day.
Dorian Yates November 13, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Hmmmmmm I innocently point out the fact that you are most likely a misandrist and you try to defend yourself with a personal attack. Typical. (Patch - Do not delete again.)
Dorian Yates November 13, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Mischa you are now transferring your misandrist daddy issues on to me. Stop. It is embarrassing for you.
J.P. MORGAN November 14, 2012 at 02:51 AM
J.P. MORGAN November 14, 2012 at 03:06 AM
Huge thank you to the Holmdel man who helped the woman in the A&P parking lot. I didn't think anyone would get involved nowadays. So wonderful to know there are such good, caring people left in the world. I would be so grateful for that man's help and yet feel so bad for him to have been assaulted and injured because of his goodness. Life can be so unfair...as unfair as a large size person (no less a male) to get physical with a smaller size person (no less a female). Note to Dorian Yates - you, and Campbell, sound like the same type of people. Heartless animals that shouldn't be allowed in the same space as the helpful man from Holmdel.
Dorian Yates November 14, 2012 at 03:24 AM
Whats wrong jp your mommy issues too much? You forget to take your lithium?
Dorian Yates November 14, 2012 at 03:24 AM
JP you sound like a friend of elmos.
Brian November 16, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Dorian...I was was totally with you until you started with the gum chewing and hiring a driver BS. Now you just proved everyone else's points you've just made yourself sound like a complete idiot. I do agree with the roid rage quote though...that was spot on!


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