While news coming from The Real Housewives franchise is often dramatic, it is rare for it to be truly horrifying — which is a fitting word for what happened to RHONJ star Dina Manzo on Saturday, May 13.
According to police reports, Manzo and her boyfriend, David Cantin, were brutally bound and beaten during a home invasion that took place over Mother's Day weekend. Although now safe and trying to recover from the terrifying ordeal, Manzo and Cantin are understandably jarred.
In a statement to Entertainment Tonight, the couple's attorney, Andrew B. Brettler, said, "Dina and David are obviously shaken up from the traumatic and violent home invasion and robbery. No one should ever have to go through what they did. They are grateful to law enforcement and the other emergency responders and appreciate everyone's concern and well-wishes."
Following the attack, the Holmdel Township Police Department issued a press release with details about the break-in. But, be warned; they are the stuff nightmares are made of.
According to the release, police responded to Manzo's home after receiving a 911 call just before midnight on Saturday. Upon entering the home, they were able to ascertain that Cantin had been beaten with a baseball bat and Manzo punched before the couple was bound together.
Their faces were covered during both the attack and the robbery.
The assailants reportedly made off with money and jewelry, leaving Manzo and Cantin tied up. However, the pair worked together to free themselves when they realized the intruders had exited the home. Once free from their restraints, they called 911.
They received immediate medical attention at the hospital and have been released, although recovering from such a haunting encounter will undoubtedly take time.
Manzo and Cantin's assault is reminiscent of the harrowing ordeal Kim Kardashian West faced last year when she was robbed at gunpoint in her Paris hotel room. After being tied up and threatened, Kardashian West was locked in the hotel bathroom while the intruders stole millions of dollars worth of jewelry.
With home invasions targeting celebrities becoming more visible, it remains to be seen what measures will be taken to increase security for high-profile public figures.
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