Charges Against Good Samaritan And Accused Mugger To Go To Grand Jury
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) _ A grand jury will hear charges against a man accused in a mugging and counter charges filed by the suspect against a bystander who captured him, a lawyer said Monday.
Darryl Dunnell, 20, was charged by police with a July 1 purse snatching, but Municipal Court Judge John J. Montefusco on Monday upgraded the charge to robbery and ordered the case heard by a grand jury, said Dunnell’s lawyer, John J. Montefusco.
The case had been scheduled to go to trial Monday.
Police said Dunnell was captured by James Walski, 30, who was having breakfast in a tavern when he saw a woman being mugged. The mugger dropped the purse when Walski gave chase, but the Good Samaritan said he captured the suspect and held him until police arrived.
Walski and Dunnell, both of Newark, have charged each other with assault. The Essex County grand jury also will hear those charges.
Walski, a welder, said the suspect hit him and broke his tooth. Dunnell has denied any wrongdoing.
William H. Sheil, Walski’s lawyer, said the grand jury had several options, including having both assault charges and the robbery charge tried together in Superior Court.
The grand jury could also dismiss all charges or remand some or all to Municipal Court, he said.
Sheil said he was representing Walski for free.
″I’m donating my services because I don’t want to see someone who did what he did become a victim as well as a rescuer,″ he said. ″This guy did the right thing.″