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Road Rage Incident Results in Arrest of Man and His Mother at Brick Plaza

East Brunswick man accused of brandishing a knife after a dispute over a lane change

An East Brunswick man and his mother were arrested Feb. 14 following a road rage incident near the intersection of Chambers Bridge Road and Route 70.

Mark Matteo, 25, of Buck Road in East Brunswick, was arrested after a motorist flagged down Brick Police Ptl. Eric Haugh in the Brick Plaza parking lot, according to Sgt. Keith Reinhard. The motorist told Haugh that a man, later identified as Matteo, cut him off at the intersection of Route 70 and Chambers Bridge Road, then pointed a knife at him while their two vehicles were stopped at a red light.

The driver, who was not identified, followed Matteo's vehicle into the Brick Plaza parking lot and called police, before flagging down Haugh when he arrived at the shopping center. Haugh located Matteo's car, unccupied, after a few minutes. Then, Joanne Mateo, 60, of East Brunswick, approached the vehicle and asked Haugh what was going on, according to Reinhard.

After first telling police she had driven to Brick Plaza by herself, she later said she came with a friend. Eventually, police found out Mark Matteo, the man accused of brandishing the knife, was Joanne Matteo's son, Reinhard said. Mark Matteo would later tell police he was a passenger in a vehicle driven by his mother, and was cut off and followed into Brick Plaza, according to a police report.

Mark Matteo followed police to the department's headquarters on Chambers Bridge Road, where he was arrested and charged by Ptl. Brian Williams with making terroristic threats, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a weapon. He was also arrested on $2,364 in outstanding warrants out of Bellmawr and Camden. He was being lodged at the Ocean County Jail, Toms River, in lieu of $25,000 cash bail.

Joanne Matteo was charged with obstruction and released on a summons.

Mark Story Jenks February 19, 2011 at 01:38 PM
Most of the time, it is people from out of the area, who come here and cause trouble.
disgusted homeowner March 24, 2011 at 08:43 PM
Pay closer attention to the police blotter and you'll find out that's not the case. Thank you
ALM March 25, 2011 at 11:44 PM
These so called "residents of Brick" are not people that have lived here for generations. These are people moving into the area, or passing through, as Mark Story Jenks said, and this is the result. Crime is skyrocketing along with my property taxes. People that have lived on the same plot of land handed down through the years are the ones suffering. There was a time not that long ago you knew everyone and you didn't have to worry about who was going to rob you blind or do you bodily harm, not anymore. Herberstville is going to hell in a hand basket sad to say.
Unza March 30, 2011 at 12:44 AM
I guess I will just go door to door and ask the residents of Brick how many years or generations they have been living here so I know who the "bad guys" are!
Brick April 01, 2011 at 01:45 PM
It's time to end the lame Bricktucky jokes. Maybe they were relevent 20 years ago, but as young professionals continue to purchase homes in the area because of the decent school systems and relatively low property taxes, it just doesn't ring true anymore.

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