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Former HS Wrestler Goes on Shore Rampage

The Memorial Day weekend had a bizarre ending for a former standout north Jersey high school wrestler.


Lukas Iorio
Lukas Iorio (Gettysburg College)

Lukas Iorio attacked two members of the Manasquan beach patrol on Sunday night, and stole their golf cart-type vehicle, according to Manasquan Patch. Manasquan Police Chief Elliott A. Correia told Patch Iorio sped off towards the Manasquan Inlet, swerving around people on the beach walk and hitting a 49-year-old man. He crashed the cart into a gazebo and tried to steal a bicycle and punched a 53-year-old man who asked him what he was doing.

“It’s almost like he was role-playing, in, like, ‘Grand Theft Auto,’ with the way he took control of the vehicle – drove down the beachwalk aiming at people and hitting at least one person; crashing the vehicle,” Correia told CBS New York.

The 20-year-old, who wrestles for Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania, entered a home and punched out the 72-year-old owner of the home before being subdued by several  family members and police, according to the Record.


Manasquan beach walk
Manasquan beach walk (CBS New York)

A total of 5 people were treated for injuries from Iorio’s rampage according to Patch. The Ridgefield Park resident  was charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, leaving the scene, and reckless driving. He was jailed at the Monmouth County Correctional Institute on $341,000 bail.

“I’m sick to my stomach,” Luke’s father Tony Iorio told CBS New York. “You know, he’s not a criminal; he’s a kid who did something really, really stupid.” He said his son had never been in trouble before and is at a loss to explain his behavior.



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