Oakland Man Arrested in Connection with Schoolyard Beating
Wyckoff Police announced the arrest of 20-year-old Jesse Moscatello on Thursday in connection to the beating/robbery of a Ridgewood man.
A fourth individual was arrested in connection with the savage attack of a 19-year-old Ridgewood man in Wyckoff, police announced Thursday.
Jesse Moscatello, a 20-year-old Oakland resident, was arrested by Sgt. Michael Ragucci and Detective Sgt. Michael Musto following an extensive investigation of the individuals involved in the July 26 attack.
Moscatello turned himself in at police headquarters with an attorney, according to police.
Wyckoff Police Chief Benjamin Fox announced the arrest of the fourth and final suspect Thursday in connection with the alleged robbery and baseball bat beating of a man lured to a school yard by his ex-girlfriend.
Previously, Wyckoff residents Margaux Tocci and her boyfriend Daniel Chaupiz, and Waldwick resident Samer Saleh were all charged with robbery, assault and theft. Chaupiz remains incarcerated in the Bergen County Jail. Tocci and Saleh have posted bail and been released from jail.
Moscatello was charged by Sgt. Ragucci with robbery, assault and theft and released under $25,000 bail.
The criminal charges against all of the suspects are first degree crimes that will be referred to Bergen County Superior Court, according to police.
In an announcement Thursday, Fox praised the investigative work of the officers of the Wyckoff Police Department who put significant man-hours into fully investigating this crime.
According to police, Saleh, Chaupiz, and Moscatello used bats and pipes to visiously attack the Ridgewood man on the night of Thursday, July 26, at Lincoln School, after he was lured for a late-night walk by Tocci.
Tocci, 19, of Wyckoff, was arrested following a traffic stop on Franklin Avenue on Friday at 3 a.m. while driving her blue Ford Fusion, Fox said. She was charged with robbery by force, and is free on $50,000 bail.
Chaupiz, 20, was arrested at his Wyckoff residence less than 24 hours after police claim his Tocci, his girlfriend, orchestrated the attack.
Police claim Tocci, asked her ex-boyfriend to drive around with her in a new Ford Fusion. They drove to Lincoln School at around 10:30 p.m. when Tocci reportedly suggested they go for a walk, police said.
Chaupiz, Saleh and Moscatello, according to Wyckoff Police Chief Benjamin Fox, were armed and waiting at the schoolyard.
"The men beat him as Tocci allegedly watched," Fox said. "The men took his wallet and removed the cash, as well as his cell phone [which] they smashed. The victim was left bleeding on the ground, and the men got into Tocci's car and she drove them away."
The victim, bloodied and battered, walked to a nearby residence and was later taken to the hospital, suffering from head injuries that required stitches, Fox said. He was later released.
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