Sand Bar Owner Indicted in June 2013 Shooting

Louis Cataldo, 62, who held off police outside his Point Pleasant Borough home, is still in jail

Police outside Cataldo's home just after he was apprehended last June. Credit: Denise Di Stephan
Police outside Cataldo's home just after he was apprehended last June. Credit: Denise Di Stephan
The former owner of the Sand Bar restaurant in Brielle is now facing an indictment in connection with shooting the restaurant general manager and holding police at bay in a stand-off, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor's office.

Louis Cataldo, 62, is accused in a four-count indictment of shooting the 36-year-old woman at his restaurant and then causing a police stand-off outside his home at unit 40 of the Bay Point Harbour development at the south end of Bay Avenue in Point Pleasant Borough last June.

Cataldo is charged in the indictment with first degree attempted murder, two counts of second degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, second degree Aggravated Assault, and third degree Resisting Arrest.

The charges stem from the June 18, 2013 shooting outside the Sand Bar restaurant in Brielle, and his subsequent arrest following an eight-hour stand-off with law enforcement officers at his Point Pleasant residence.

Brielle police officers responded to several 911 calls around 12:56 a.m. on June 18, 2013, reporting a woman had been shot at the Sand Bar restaurant. 

Officers arrived to find several Good Samaritans tending to the injured victim, a 36-year-old woman who was employed by the restaurant as the general manager. 

The victim was subsequently transported by Brielle First Aid and Monmouth Ocean Hospital Services Corporation (MONOC) paramedics to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, in Neptune, where she underwent surgery for a gunshot wound to her back and injuries to her lungs and eyes.

The subsequent investigation revealed that Cataldo, the owner of the Sand Bar, walked the victim out to her car after he and the victim closed the restaurant for the night. 

Shortly after the shooting, police tracked Cataldo to his residence in Point Pleasant and requested assistance from the Ocean County Regional SWAT Team. 

After approximately eight hours of negotiations, members of the SWAT Team attempted to take Cataldo into custody inside of his house.  

As the officers attempted to arrest him, Cataldo retreated back towards a bathroom, grabbed a handgun, and fired a shot which did not strike anyone. He was then taken into custody without further incident.

Cataldo was lodged in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution, Freehold Township, where he remains incarcerated in lieu of $3,500,000 bail with no option to post 10 percent.

If convicted, Cataldo faces a maximum potential custodial sentence of up to 20 years in a New Jersey state prison on the first degree Attempted Murder charge, and up to 10 years in prison on each second degree weapons charge, as well as the second degree Aggravated Assault charge. 

 The Attempted Murder and the Aggravated Assault charges are both subject to the "No Early Release Act" (NERA) requiring he must serve 85 percent of any sentence imposed prior to becoming eligible for parole. 

In addition, Cataldo potentially faces an additional sentence of up to 5 years if convicted of third degree Resisting Arrest.

The next court proceeding will be an arraignment, which is the formal presentation of the indictment to the defendant. The arraignment will be scheduled within the next 45 days before Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Francis J. Vernoia, P.J.Cr.

Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and State law.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant Prosecutor Matthew Bogner.  Cataldo is represented by Charles Clark, Esquire, of Freehold.

The prepared statement from the prosecutor's office did not provide any update regarding the victim's name or current condition.

Old Guy January 29, 2014 at 04:16 PM
The reason most of the information is held back is so that the offender can be prosecuted effectively. If all of the facts were released before trial, it would hamper the process of trying to find 12 jurors with no preconceived notions. Already anyone who has heard about this case knows the man captured, Louis Cataldo, is guilty of wrong doing. Jury selection is going to be long and drawn out. If it can be proved a jury member had previous knowledge about the case, the perp might escape justice on a technicality, so the prosecution has to be very cautious. My hope is that the victim will make a full recovery and be able to put this behind her.
Typhoon January 30, 2014 at 09:37 AM
Here's a guess. Right before trial he pleads guilty to attempted murder and bargains for a sentence up to 12 years. The other charges are combined. If he didn't have a record bla bla bla, he'll get 10 years and do 8.5. This is only if the State has overwhelming evidence, which I'll guess again, that they do. Yes, innocent until proven guilty, but do you of anyone that fires on a swat team if you're innocent?
Old Guy January 30, 2014 at 10:08 AM
I concur Rick. There is no real reason for a lengthy trial. A Plea bargain will get him minimum time and if the victim lives, he will do little time.
benny January 30, 2014 at 04:43 PM
Old guy, just an fyi, the victim is and has been back to everyday life for some time now. Also, I think it's very sketchy that no motive has been talked about. What are they hiding ? I don't buy that bs about withholding the motive to the public because it will help the prosecution. We see crime every day in the news and within 24 to 48 hours a motive is usually told. I can't wait to hear the facts on this one and hear why this guy did this. I'll hold my thoughts of why he did this but I have a few likely scenerios. Think about it though, what would make a 62 year old man snap and shoot his 35 year old female bar manager ? Hmmm
Old Guy January 30, 2014 at 05:02 PM
Benny. Since you regard my opinion as BS, I would be interested to know what kind of conspiracy you feel is being hided and who you think is responsible.


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