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Middle Township PD
Friday April 30th, 2021 :: 03:02 p.m. EDT


Rio Grande Assault with a Two by Four Leads to Arrest for Attempted Murder

On Saturday, April 24th, 2021 at 10:27 AM, members of the Middle Township Patrol Division responded to the Village Shoppes, in the Rio Grande section, for a report of a subject who had been struck with a wooden two by four which had a nail protruding from the end.  The victim, Calvin Billingsly, age 49 year of Rio Grande, New Jersey, refused further treatment at the scene despite suffering a large laceration to the head.   During the course of the investigation by the Middle Township Major Crimes Unit, it was learned that the accused, Michael Rugg, age 19, of Rio Grande, New Jersey, engaged in a verbal argument with Billingsly and then utilized the aforementioned two by four pieces of wood to strike the victim.  The victim fell to the ground and a bystander intervened to cease the assault from escalating further.  Upon police arrival, Rugg was located leaving the area, resisted arrest and was ultimately transported to police headquarters. Rugg was charged with multiple offenses to include: Attempted Murder-1st degree, Aggravated Assault- 2nd Degree, two (2) counts of Aggravated Assault-3rd Degree, Aggravated Assault- 4th Degree, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon- 3rd Degree, Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purposes- 3rd Degree, Terroristic Threats 3rd Degree and Resisting Arrest- Disorderly Person Offense.  Members of the Middle Township Major Crimes Unit assisted with the investigation.  Rugg was lodged at the Cape May County Correctional Facility.
*Any charges are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless they are proven guilty.

Middle Township PD
31 Mechanic St
Cape May County, NJ 08210

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