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Millburn Man Charged with Attempted Murder

Police say charge stems from domestic violence incident.

Millburn police arrested Thomas Tedesco, 66, of Millburn, Wednesday on charges of attempted murder, possession of unlawful weapons and criminal restraint.

Police Chief Greg Weber said the charges stemmed from a domestic violence incident on Wednesday, April 18, but did not release the victim’s name or any additional information about the case.

Neighbors in the Ocean Street neighborhood said the woman was covered in blood when she stumbled out the house and into the street, holding her head.

One neighbor, who did not want to be identified but called 911, said the victim was so covered in blood from apparent blows to the head that she did not recognize her.

“I had just awakened from a nap when I heard cries for help. I saw another neighbor in the street and I thought at first that her dog had been hit by a car, then I realized that she was tending a woman and she was yelling for help but I couldn’t tell who the woman was.”

The neighbor said other neighbors and kids who were outside also called 911 and a woman who was passing by in a van, stopped to help, as well.

“This was really bad,” she said. “From what I saw, she saved her own life by  running outside.”

Police did not say which hospital the woman was taken to. And the neighbor said that she and other neighbors are upset and worried because they haven’t heard any updates on her condition.

“It’s very disturbing,” she said. “She is a beautiful person. Very nice. I’m am desperate to find out how she is. They always seemed like a nice couple. It's  hard to believe I couldn’t even tell who she was ... From what I saw, the charges were appropriate.”

The neighbor said Tedesco and the woman were not married and that she may have recently moved out.

“I don’t know what went wrong. It’s really sad,” she said. “I just hope she pulls through.”

Patch will update the story as more information becomes available.

m April 22, 2012 at 08:57 PM
What ever happend to the Short Hills woman who stabbed her husband? Do we only protect the identity of Short Hills folks, but not Millburn?
Laura Griffin April 22, 2012 at 10:16 PM
As in this case, we generally don't name victims of domestic violence, although there are extenuating circumstances. Police don't name victims of domestic violence and often don't name those arrested if their names identify the victim. As for the Short Hills case, I have called the prosecutor's office numerous times for follow-up but they not yet released any updated information. I don't believe location has anything to do with it.
Millburn Blue April 23, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Domestic violence can occur anywhere. We need to educate the public about the warning signs before it gets to this stage.
michael scriffiano April 23, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Knock it off with your stupid remarks. nobodys protecting anybody...... this is Millburn Township...... one town not two.......
Alice Jameson April 23, 2012 at 02:05 PM
I just hope they keep that animal behind bars for the rest of his natural life.
michael scriffiano April 23, 2012 at 05:25 PM
no, some smart ass lawyer will use the insanity plea or plead it down to a simple assault.....
Concerned Neighbor April 23, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Michael, you seem sensitve to the subject, but please remebmer that they keep the name of the hospitals out of the public to protect the victims of crimes like. I do not know if your information is correct, but either way it is not right for you to information of this nature.
MillerTime April 24, 2012 at 03:21 AM
Concerned neighbor...you may want to proof read your statement.
Tim Mulligan April 24, 2012 at 03:17 PM
The victim was in intensive care but will recover from what we have been told. This is a very sad case of two very good people who had their lives destroyed. Tom has been a good friend and a good neighbor to all of us that live nearby for many, many years and we know that this is not like him. The victim did not deserve what happened and has also been a wonderful friend and neighbor, we are all shocked and horrified by the situation but they both need the support of their community right now, not recrimination. If you know Tom at all you know that he will have a very hard time living with what he did, he may never deal with it at all, and the Victim will have a very hard time overcoming this trauma and going back to a normal life.
SHEILA April 24, 2012 at 07:38 PM
ARE U F------- KIDDING SHE WAS A SWEET WOMEN TOM HURT A SWEET KIND WOMEN MY SYMPATHIES TO THE FAMILY BUT WHAT ABOUT HIS CLIENTS - CREDIT CARE NEEDS TO BE EVALUATED HE TOOK MONEY FROM SO MANY PEOPLE NOW WHAT DO THEY DO HIS FAMILY NEEDS TO ADDRESS THEIR WELL BEING WE ALL TRUSTED TOM AND PAID ALOT OF MONEYTO HAVE OUR CREDIT FIXED NOW WHAT?
MillerTime April 25, 2012 at 01:27 AM
"two very good people"......Very good people don't attempt to kill women.
Hedley April 25, 2012 at 02:42 AM
Is this the same person? http://www.nytimes.com/1991/01/11/nyregion/welfare-theft-uncovered-in-newark.html
MillerTime April 25, 2012 at 10:48 AM
I dont know but the name and ages certainly match up. Age 44 in 1991 would make him around 65 now, depending on month of birth.
Laura Griffin April 25, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Police did not release more information on him, but an initial records and Google search shows more than one 66-year-old Thomas Tedesco and does not show a Springfield address for this one. If you have information you would like to share, feel free to email me at laura.griffin@patch.com and I will check it out.

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