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EDISON, NJ—A 61-year-old man from Elizabeth is facing serious charges after being arrested for beating up a 30-year-old woman who he allegedly kidnapped from Newark, and left to die in Edison.
Mickey Vanderpool is charged with the alleged attack, which took place in June 2016, against a woman who he knew, according to authorities.
Vanderpool allegedly met the unidentified woman in Newark before beating her and leaving her in an Edison business park.
"The investigation showed Vanderpool repeatedly struck the woman about the head and body and abandoned her at Raritan Center in Edison, leaving her for dead," read the statement from Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office (MCPO).
"After a day or more, the woman wandered around the industrial complex before she saw a utility worker and asked for help. Police were called to the scene."
Vanderpool faces charges of attempted murder, kidnapping, and endangering an injured victim, according to the statement jointly issued by Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief Thomas J. Bryan of the Edison Police Department (EPD).
New Brunswick Today did not receive the MCPO's press release, as all of our reporters were suddenly removed from the MCPO's email list in February 2016.
Vanderpool has been lodged at the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center in North Brunswick since December 23, and his bail has been set at $1 million, according to the facility's records department.
The records department also said that anyone hoping to bail Vanderpool out of jail will be required to complete a bail source packet explaining to prosecutors and the court where the money came from.
The case is still "active and… continuing," and is being investigated by EPD Detective Joseph Kenney and MCPO Sgt. Wayne Canastra.
Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call Detective Kenney at (732) 248-7400, or Sgt. Canastra at (732) 745-4312.
Charlie is the founder and editor of New Brunswick Today, and the winner of the Awbrey Award for Community-Oriented Local Journalism. He is a proud Rutgers University journalism graduate and a community organizer, and was an independent candidate for Mayor of New Brunswick in 2018.