Man Who Allegedly Shot NYPD Officer Enters Not Guilty Plea
Robert Dunbar is accused of taking gun from victim and shooting him in a Manalapan home.
Robert Dunbar, the man who allegedly shot an off-duty New York Police officer on Friday in Manalapan, had his initial appearance in front of Judge Ronald Reisner at the Monmouth County Courthouse Monday.
Dunbar, 35, was not physically at the courthouse because the jail is under lockdown for a chicken pox outbreak. Dunbar was video conferenced into the courtroom via a television. He watched and listened as his attorney, Yan Katsnelson, and First Assistant Prosecutor Richard Incremona spoke with the judge. Dunbar’s mother and sister were present in the courtroom.
Dunbar was charged with attempted murder, possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose, aggravated assault, aggravated assault by pointing a firearm, and aggravated assault by second degree, Reisner said.
Katsnelson entered a plea of not guilty on behalf of Dunbar.
According to an arrest warrant issued by the Manalapan Township Police Department, Dunbar allegedly obtained the gun from the victim by force during a home invasion. Court documents indicate Dunbar allegedly fired three rounds at the man, striking him once in the back. The police officer was transported to Jersey Shore Medical Center and later released.
Incremona asked Reisner to not reduce Dunbar’s bail, which was initially set at $500,000 with no 10 percent bond. The bail also stipulates that Dunbar not return to the scene or contact the victim. Reisner agreed to keep the bail amount the same, as he was not familiar with the details of the case at the time of the initial appearance. However, the judge indicated that once the proper paperwork is filed he would hear a reduction of bail motion.
After the hearing, Katsnelson told reporters he is hoping to have a reduced bail hearing as soon as possible, preferably on Tuesday, Aug. 14, and would like to see the bail reduced to at least $250,000, if not more.
Katsnelson’s law office of Staten Island is currently undergoing a full investigation of the shooting, which occurred at around 11:30 p.m. at a Taylors Mills Road residence in Manalapan. Once that investigation is completed Katsnelson said that an official statement will be released.
“Based on the information that I am getting now, the reports that were in the newspapers and in the complaint are coming out a little bit different to me through my investigation,” Katsnelson said.
While the attorney would not go into specifics, he did indicate that there was no restraining order against Dunbar, as was reported by some news outlets, but that Dunbar and his wife were not living together in the Manalapan home where the shooting occurred. Nevertheless, the Manalapan home is owned by Dunbar, according to Katsnelson.
Additionally, Katsnelson said that Dunbar is doing well, is stable, and is not suicidal, as some media outlets had reported.
In reference to reports of adultery, divorce, or marital estrangement, Katsnelson indicated that he is unaware of the state of Dunbar’s marriage. Katsnelson also declared that Dunbar was not aware that the man he allegedly shot was a police officer.