Lakewood Man Gets 10 Years In Prison For Abducting, Assaulting Ex-Girlfriend Before DWI Crash

A 24-year-old man from Lakewood has been sentenced to 10 years in state prison for abducting and assaulting his ex-girlfriend before crashing her car while drunk, authorities said.

Jorge Juarez Mendoza
Jorge Juarez Mendoza Photo Credit: Ocean County Jail

Jorge Juarez Mendoza pleaded guilty in September to multiple charges in connection to the assault last fall and an earlier incident in which he reportedly vandalized the former girlfriend's car, Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer said on Monday.

Mendoza was charged with aggravated assault, eluding and criminal mischief, Billhimer said.

Mendoza also pleaded guilty before Superior Court Judge Rochelle Gizinski to driving while intoxicated when he crashed into multiple vehicles on Sept. 7, 2019, Billhimer said. She sentenced him on Monday.

His ex-girlfriend, Marcela Alban, was strapped into the passenger seat of her car and found unconscious after the collision, the prosecutor said. 

Alban was taken to Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus, where she was treated for injuries, Billhimer said.

Mendoza was accused of abducting Alban, threatening her children, and assaulting her repeatedly while speeding from Lakewood police before the DWI crash on Ocean Avenue, according to the prosecutor.

Mendoza has been held in Ocean County Jail ever since his arrest.

Senior Assistant Prosecutor Jamie Schron handled the case.

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