Somerset Man Charged Following Golf Tournament

A Somerset County man was arrested and charged last week after he assaulted a Scotch Plains teenager following the Barclays Golf Tournament, authorities announced.

According to the investigation, Demesvar Jean-Baptiste DOB: 1/3/1973 of Watchung had attended the golf tournament on August 23, 2011 and paid to park his car at a residence near the tournament grounds, according to Assistant Prosecutor Michael Cleaver, who is prosecuting the case.

Around 7 p.m. Jean-Baptiste knocked on the door of a Raritan Road house in Scotch Plains that he mistakenly believed was where he parked his car earlier in the day, said Cleaver. A 14-year-old boy who answered the door at the residence, informed Jean-Baptiste that he had the wrong house.

At that point, according to the investigation, Jean-Baptiste forced his way inside the home, assaulted the boy and threatened to kill him, everyone in the residence and burn the house down, said Cleaver.

The boy was able to escape Jean-Baptiste’s grasp and made it to a neighbor’s house where the police were called. According to police reports, officers found Jean-Baptiste several doors away and detected the strong odor of alcohol on his breath.

He was taken into custody and later charged with 2nd Degree Burglary, 3rd Degree Terroristic Threats and 3rd Degree Aggravated Assault. He was released on $130,000 bail.

These criminal charges are mere accusations. The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.