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UPDATE: Barnegat Victim Still Critical; Alleged Assailant Posts Bail

Victim's aunt says, 'He is just trying to breathe.'

The victim, who police say was assaulted at the Lighthouse Tavern in Waretown on Saturday, is still in critical condition, according to Maureen Gillespie, spokeswoman for the Jersey Shore University Medical Center.

Medical service personnel took Robert Bethanis, 44, of Barnegat, there on Saturday after he was discovered lying unconscious on the ground just outside the Lighthouse Tavern in Waretown.

According to the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, witnesses reported that another Barnegat man, Michael Lombardo, was seen striking Bethanis several times with his hands and feet just outside of the restaurant.

The Jersey Shore Medical Center would not release any other information or elaborate on the nature of his injuries. However, Bethanis’ aunt, Patricia Thompson told Patch this afternoon that Bethanis was moved out of the trauma unit and into the intensive care unit.

“He’s doing a little better,” she said. “Right now, he is just trying to breathe.”

Thompson, 57, also of Barnegat said Bethanis’ parents and his teenage son were with him at the hospital this afternoon, and that she has been "bombarded" with calls from neighbors, well-wishers and concerned residents.

Lombardo, 36, who was , posted bail on Sunday, according to the Ocean County Jail in Toms River. There have been no new developments in the case, said Michael Paulhus, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office spokesman.

Oscar Wilde March 20, 2012 at 05:54 PM
this post is BS more BS and even more BS
Oscar Wilde March 20, 2012 at 06:03 PM
NJ retired cop with tapayer pension = 1200 miles away
Henry March 20, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Wow, maybe some of you should read the thing you wrote before submitting it! Right now everything is hear say and you want to crucify a retired Officer for shedding light on rules and regulations, really?
Rick March 20, 2012 at 06:28 PM
And then you would be calling the State Police thugs.
Adam G. March 20, 2012 at 06:32 PM
I have to agree with Henry. Many of you are referencing the "trash" that frequent local bars, yet you all seem to fit the profile with your ignorant comments. This situation is very sad for all involved, especially the families that have to deal with the aftermath.
Rick March 20, 2012 at 06:33 PM
That's right, "alleged assault". No one has been tried and convicted yet, so it is alleged.
Rick March 20, 2012 at 06:36 PM
This is the second article about this event. In neither one have I read anything about police, on duty or off duty being there at the time of the alleged assault.
Rick March 20, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Would a retired Florida cop living in the Mirage be more to your liking?
Concerned Barnegat TAXPAYER March 20, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Whipping folks into a frenzy on hearsay is the very thing that insights riots. To the jackass that has an obvious disdain for peace officers in general, I'm glad they are here to protect me from the likes of you. Bobby, I hope you pull through this and I hope Mike gets the justice that is his right under the constitution. The Lighthouse is an establishment that I frequent and enjoy. The management and wait staff have always been professional, courteous and on occasion I have witnessed them protecting the well being of their patrons. I know Bob's son and how devastated he must be by all this, and I hope he finds comfort and peace soon. As for the conspiracy theorists, I have plenty of thoughts that I can pen about you all, but my better sense and good upbringing prevents me from posting what I feel about. You have no shame and lack common decency.
Lee Long March 20, 2012 at 07:55 PM
It happened in waretown? So it was was waretown police? If so they are def gettin there street cred up with the violence lol
Rick March 20, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Where in either article did it mention anything about ANY off duty police officers being at the Lighthouse when this happened?
Rick March 20, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Should that read; It happened in Waretown? So it was Waretown police? If so they are def gettin THEIR street cred up with the violence? lol LOL? Exactly what do you find laughable about this incident?
Henry March 20, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Just wondering.....were you their? I mean, did you witness the whole exchange outside? Well if you did, why didn't you and all of the other witness intervene? I'm still shocked that everyone just watched for as long as it did. Power is always in numbers! It seems to me that most of you feel guilt, kinda like Mike Vick in his crusade against dog fighting.
Rick March 21, 2012 at 12:22 AM
"lucifur" Just how do you know that any Barnegat cops were there? Were you there at the time? If so, why didn't you try to intervene?
Rick March 21, 2012 at 12:27 AM
WHERE did you read that there is a video of the attack? I seem to have missed that one.
Jennifer Peterson March 21, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Agree with both points
Jennifer Peterson March 21, 2012 at 12:31 AM
My prayers to you and your family
Rick March 21, 2012 at 12:40 AM
If you were there maybe you can tell the rest of the class just how many off duty cops were or weren't there and how many just stood by and just watched.
Jennifer Peterson March 21, 2012 at 12:42 AM
I used to go there.. I never really saw any of the problems you are referring to. Even a really nice bar will have bad people go to it and start trouble occasionally. Lighthouse is certainly not the worst in the area, and it's usually a decent place to go and kick back with a beer. Plus.. I think Bob worked there. So it's doubtful he was drunk.
Rick March 21, 2012 at 12:45 AM
And exactly how do you know this? Do you somehow have access to the results of everyone's IQ tests?
Jennifer Peterson March 21, 2012 at 12:45 AM
I'm neither of the above and i moved 2000 miles away.. what's your point?
Rick March 21, 2012 at 12:46 AM
Oh By the way, what is the "national standard"?
Jennifer Peterson March 21, 2012 at 12:47 AM
haha... the "trash" also just happens to be your neighbors and friends, that live in the community you do. I know a lot of good people who go there to unwind, none of them would do this kind of thing. Punish the person who did it..period.
Sally March 21, 2012 at 12:55 AM
First I would like to send my thoughts and prayers to both families involved. I wish the victim a full recovery and I hope he returns to his family soon. Two people started this fight and one idiot made it last a lot longer and I don't think anyone is arguing that fact. This fight could have happened anywhere, Lighthouse tavern, caffrey's, Doyle's- no matter where it happened people would blame the establishment. Bar fights are bound to happen and if this occurred inside the establishment then I could see placing blame on the bar for not intervening faster but it happened outside. I was not at the Lighthouse Tavern so I did not witness the events that took place but I can tell you I was there last St Patrick's Day and it was insanely crowded (most bars on this day) but I imagine a lot was going on and unfortunately it may have taken awhile by the time someone ran inside to get the attention of someone to help. I know several people who were inside the bar and can vouch that the off duty officers were INSIDE the bar and were not aware of what was taking place at the time. Friends with Lombardo or not- does not mean that those officers were attached at the hip to him and with him every minute of the night. If they had been outside they would have an obligation to step in and try to break the fight up but they were not. So how about we stop the allegations against them and talk about the 2 individuals involved. My heart goes out to the families involved.
Oscar Wilde March 21, 2012 at 01:46 AM
how convient they stayed inside, while he went outside...dont think thats going to save their jobs
who cares i dont March 21, 2012 at 01:54 AM
rick why keep questioning if they were there how many people have to say it before you belive it. a tip to a crime is a tip to a crime you take it how it comes and you follow it as if it were true or not. loose lips sink ships nobody keeps their mouth shut.
who cares i dont March 21, 2012 at 02:42 AM
Are cops traind in first aid and cpr or as EMTs even?Is it not an obligation being trained as an EMT to help stabilize a victim until EMS arrives? either way being friends with mike or not they chose to turn a blind eye and walk away. Does that not say anything.
Chris LaPatin March 21, 2012 at 06:23 AM
Mike's brother (John Lombardo, Jr.) is currently serving an 8 year sentence for killing my sister in a drunk driving accident almost 5 years ago. It's pretty ironic that this victim ended up at Jersey Shore's Trauma Unit, just like my sister, because these men drank too much! Totally outraged!
Rick March 21, 2012 at 07:03 AM
who cares i don't I said that neither article said anything about cops being there. It just sees that most of the people posting here claim to know more about what happened than the cops and reporters do.
Xavier March 21, 2012 at 11:13 AM
Facts? Where we're going we don't need facts! That being said it's always possible some people will have an inside scoop but it's wrong to start slinging mud before the truth comes out.

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