A New Jersey man has stalked and attempted to kidnap a nurse that had treated him at Monmouth Medical Center.
According to the police statement from May 24th, a 37-year-old Lakewood resident Leonardo Larrarte showed up at the medical worker’s house on Newton’s Corner Road in the Ramtown section of Howell last Friday. He was let inside the house by her 64-year-old mother, while the woman herself was upstairs with a friend.
But she recognized the visitor, who she had previously treated at the hospital, the second after coming downstairs. The nurse demanded Larrate to leave the house and threatened to call the police, after which he attacked her and her mother.
According to the Howell Township Police report, Larrate tore the nurse’s clothes, punched and choked her, all while claiming she was his wife. He threatened to kill her mother if the victim refused to leave with him.
The friend, who was still upstairs, dialed 911 — as did the neighbors alerted by the noise. The nurse was trying to defend herself with a kitchen knife — she did not injure Larrate, but made him flee before the police showed up.
They found both victims conscious, even though the nurse was bleeding and holding ice to her face. Both women were treated and released from a hospital.
Larrarte’s description was broadcast to the department and he was spotted by a police officer and his K9 Vito, who apprehended him. He was charged with attempted kidnapping, burglary, terroristic threats, possession of synthetic marijuana, and simple assault, and is currently being held at Monmouth County Correctional Institution.
It is still unknown how Larrate managed to locate the nurse’s house. Police are still investigating this part, analyzing two cellphones that were found on him.
“Our homes are our sanctuary. A place that should always be safe. No one should have to go through such a traumatic, life-altering incident such as this,” Howell Police Chief Andrew Kudrick Jr. said in the May 24th statement. “Fortunately, she fought back and refused to quit. As a result she survived. Predators such as Larrarte should never be allowed to see another day of freedom to victimize another innocent person.”