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Former gas station employee charged with assault, cops say

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A former gas station worker faces charges after police say he returned to the place he used to work and attempted to assault an employee early Tuesday morning.

jailcuffsjpg-3bc650aad328fd33.jpgA 19-year-old Jefferson man is accused of returning to a gas station he used to work at and trying to assault one of the employes, police said. 

JEFFERSON - A former gas station worker faces charges after police say he returned to the place he used to work and was involved in an attempt to assault an employee early Tuesday morning.

Around 12:30 a.m. Jefferson Police Officer Jeremy Romash responded to the Lukoil on Berkshire Valley Road, where one of the employees reported that as he was closing up shop for the night two men showed up, Deputy Chief Eric Wilsusen said.

One of the men swung an aluminum bat at the employee, who ducked to avoid being hit, the deputy chief said.

Wilsusen said they are still investigating which man tried to injure the worker.

After escaping injury, the employee, along with one of his friends who was waiting at the station for him to finish his shift, chased after the men, Wilsusen said.

The suspects ran towards a silver Jeep that was parked in the lot outside of the Milton Inn, got into the car, and fled the area, Wilsusen said.

During the pursuit, the employee recognized one of the men as Luke Tallon, a 19-year-old former worker at the gas station, the deputy chief said.

A vehicle matching the description provided by the employee was located a few minutes later on Weldon Road by Officer Dave Wojtach and the driver, Gianna Bizzaro, was arrested, the deputy chief said.


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Bizzaro, 19, of Sparta, was charged with aggravated assault and conspiracy and released pending a court appearance, Wilsusen said.

Tallon was taken into custody a short while later at his home in Jefferson and charged with aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon and criminal mischief, the deputy chief said.

He was remanded to the Morris County Correctional Facility on $20,000 bail, Wilsusen said.

The third person, Bryan Harmon, a 19-year-old from Conowingo, Md., remains at large, the deputy chief said.

Kimberly Redmond may be reached at kredmond@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @kr0618. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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