Manasquan Charges Ex-Bergen Catholic Wrestler With Beach Carjack, Wild Behavior

Iorio jumped feet first at the front of a cart operated by police, and kicked out the plastic windshield. He then allegedly headed south towards the Manasquan Inlet, speeding and swerving at pedestrians on the beach walk.

Lukas Iorio/Gettysburg College website
Lukas Iorio/Gettysburg College website
A 20-year-old man who was a star wrestler at Bergen Catholic High School was charged with carjacking after he stole a police-operated cart, swerved to hit people and then punched a 72-year-old man at the Manasquan beach, police said.

Lukas Iorio of Ridgefield Park was allegedly involved in a series of wild incidents that led him to be charged with carjacking, burglary, resisting arrest, assault by auto and criminal mischief, police said.

Iorio was a star wrestler who won regional and district titles as a senior at 182 pounds, according to the Gettysburg College website. He placed eighth at the state tournament at 182 pounds in 2012, according to the site.

Manasquan Police Chief Elliott A. Correia provided the following account:

At approximately 8:40 p.m., Thomas Hall and Michael Smith of the Manasquan Beach Patrol were patrolling the beach walk heading south in the area of 401 Beachfront when they were approached by accused.

The two were operating a golf-cart-type vehicle belonging to the Manasquan Beach Department when they allegedly confronted Iorio.

Police and other witnesses said Iorio jumped feet first at the front of the cart, kicked out the plastic windshield and landed in the front seat of the cart.  The accused then allegedly assaulted both and forced them out of the cart. 

Once in control of the cart, Iorio then allegedly headed south towards the Manasquan Inlet, speeding and swerving at pedestrians on the beach walk.  A 49-year old man who twice tried to avoid the cart was struck and injured as the cart passed him. 

When he reached the end of the beach walk at Riverside Drive, Iorio allegedly crashed the cart into the inlet gazebo and then ran from the cart to the bicycle racks, where he apparently attempted to steal a bicycle.

While at the bike racks, the accused was approached by a 53-year old man who attempted to calm him and see if he was okay. Iorio then allegedly assaulted the man by punching him in the back of the head and then fled on foot. 

Ioio reportedly next ran to the backyard of a nearby Beachfront residence and entered the home through an unlocked back door, confronting the occupants inside.  During the confrontation, Iorio allegedly repeatedly punched a 72-year old man in the face and head. 

Iorio was eventually subdued in the house by several family members and the two members of the Beach Patrol who had arrived at the residence in pursuit of the accused.  Upon the arrival of Manasquan Special Officer Mark McGowan, the accused was handcuffed and taken into custody assisted by Patrolman Nicholas Norcia. 

At the scene, the Manasquan First Squad treated five persons injured as a result of the accused’s initial actions and during the confrontation with him in the residence.  One individual later sought further treatment at a medical facility.      

A bail amount totaling $341,000.00 was set by Superior Court Judge Kathleen A. Sheedy. The accused was remanded to the Monmouth County Correctional Institution, Freehold, in lieu of bail. 

The accused was also charged with operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident with personal injury.

Iorio is scheduled for an initial court appearance in Manasquan Municipal Court on June 4, 2014 at 9 a.m. before Judge Paul Capatorto.

At Bergen Catholic, Iorio finished senior season with a record of 38-11, and helped lead the Crusaders to league, sectional, district, and state titles in 2012. He was the team captain, according to the site.

The Gettysburg site identifies him as a member of the college's wrestling team in 2012-13.

Skitch June 01, 2014 at 05:39 PM
Sounds like a decent kid who made a huge stupid mistake. Doesn't matter where he comes from or what school he goes too, it could happen at any time, in any family. He could have the best parents around. He made a bad choice and now he will have to live with it and pay the consequences for his actions.
dave June 02, 2014 at 06:30 AM
72 yrs. old man ? wow,he's tough,put him in general population and see how tough he is,smart azz punk
Dame Bridgid June 02, 2014 at 08:33 AM
It is the parents also, Skitch. I would have feared coming home to my parents more than going to jail after even thinking about doing something like this. So many of our grade school and high school sports stars have very little meaningful family contact time. Everything revolves around the sports. Just look at what sports parents at the high school in Butte Falls just did. They used news coverage to force the school to change the year long scheduled graduation date at the last minute, so their 5 students could play a baseball game. They would have received their diplomas even if they did not attend graduation. Now a lot of hard working non sports families cannot see their students graduate because it changed so suddenly. Worship at the almighty alter of athletic fame and fortune! Chase the chimera! Sacrifice the many for these mediocre few! Kneel and worship...Disgusting! That attitude IS a big part of the youth violence problem. The fact is; in a lot of sports programs the most aggressive and/or violent athletes are often routinely protected from any consequences of bad behavior "for the good of the team". Coddled brats who lose control when these big fish find out they are really minnows in a bigger pond. The parents who choose this lifestyle get what they pay for in my opinion...Now they have to suck up the damage, hopefully, without whining about it.
Skitch June 02, 2014 at 09:43 PM
@Dame Bridgid. The parents are not to blame!!! The boy is 20 YO. He is considered an adult. He is old enough to go off to war, he is old enough to get married, he is old enough to vote and to sign a contract. At what point do parents get a break? I have a 16 yo who plays a lot of sports. I also have a 20yo who is very responsible. However all kids/young adults do stupid stuff. I have warned my kids. They want to go out and break the law...to ask themselves do they have enough money in their bank account to bail themselves out, do they have enough money in their bank account to hire themselves legal representation because Mom and Dad will not be bankrolling them. Are they willing to do the time and be confined if they commit a crime. Would your parents be proud of you for what you did or die in shame. I am not from that area where this boy is from. The headline Wrestler caught my attention. I can tell you around here if my kid pulled a stunt like this he would be kicked off all teams that he was on at the time. Probably suspended or expelled from school as well. Our public schools in South Jersey do not coddle their athletes from what I can see or have experienced. They have to act appropriately to represent the school on and off the field, mat, court etc.. This includes in school, after school, weekends and when their on their own personal time, including summer and have to maintain good grades (below a C in any class- they are off the team), and the list goes on. But...This kid is not in HS he is in college. What life style are you talking about for the parents?? I don't have a sports lifestyle. I merely go to watch his sport. I am not a sports fanatic. To be honest half the time I have no clue what is going on in football, after 6 yrs of wrestling I am just catching on to the point system, and shot put and disc I can't think of anything more boring than that. I merely go to show my support for my son and his team. My son plays sports during every season. I look at it as a god send. I know where he is, I know what he is doing, I know who he's with and I know what time he will be home. He is a straight A student. He is more vigilant in his studies because he has to manage his time because of sports and to be able to stay on his team, he maintains a healthy fit body. In my book it is a win, win situation. My son is not out on the streets getting into trouble, he's not doing drugs, drinking etc. This kid made a bad choice. The choice was his and his alone. Not the parents fault. I would have to agree with you if he was a minor under parents care.
Dame Bridgid June 11, 2014 at 02:26 PM
Parents get better results if they also spend family time with their children regularly. Visit grandparents, ride bikes together, play board games, even go to church together. Too many sports commitments can seriously interfere with creating or maintaining a strong family bond. Knowing where they are is only part of the picture. A lot of sports teams are struggling with steroid and/or drug abuse that starts in surprisingly young players. This young man is of an age where he could possibly be experiencing a bout of steroid rage. Making their child resistant to the lure of performance drugs is the parents responsibility...Have you had that talk with your athlete yet? Likely yes, since you are not just a drop off type of parent. Parents really do make a difference in the ethics their child learns. I understand that you are there for your child...However, others may not be. Judging from this young man's behavior; first attacking officers, then punching a person who asked if he needed help, and finally beating an elderly man in his own home ; it is unlikely his parents were as involved as you.


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