Man Charged In Baseball Bat Attack Over $40 Debt

A Wyckoff man allegedly hit two men in the head with a baseball bat over a $40 debt Monday morning.

A Wyckoff man has been arrested for allegedly beating two men with a baseball bat over a small debt he failed to pay, according to Wyckoff police.

Police contend that earlier in the evening, the two 18-year-old victims – one from Wyckoff, the other from Oakland – had gone to the home of 18-year-old Ralph Zocco IV on Madison Ave. to collect a $40 debt he's alleged to have owed the pair. They were quickly shooed from the property by Zocco's mother.

It's then that Zocco, armed with a "small baseball bat," went looking for the pair at the Boulder Run Shopping Center sometime around 12:45 a.m., according to Wyckoff Police Chief Benjamin Fox.

Zocco confronted the group and reportedly swung it at a vehicle, police said. He's then alleged to have moved on to human targets, reportedly striking the Oakland man in the head and wrist, and then the Wyckoff man in the head and elbow.

One victim required ten stitches to his head while the other needs arm surgery, police said. Police say Zocco then fled the scene.

He was arrested in his home and charged with two counts of aggravated assault, criminal mischief, and two counts of possession of a weapon with intent to use it unlawfully.

Judge Russel B. Teschon set bail at $25,000. Zocco was committed to the Bergen County Jail in default of bail.

Citizen July 25, 2012 at 04:07 AM
I have to agree with the comment by "wake up". I am not surprised at all. Do you people really think that young adults in an affluent community (with most likely well-off parents) should need to break arms and bust people up with over 40 measly dollars? These young non-contributing leeches of society run around this town with mommy and daddies cash getting high without a care in the world. Eventually these modern day junkies get cut off and subsequently become violent when somebody gets in the way of getting high. This is a perfect example of our youth today and trying to portray what they see in movies and act like tough guys. Ralph Zocco obviously had his big-boy pants on after watching Goodfellas and felt like breaking out his souvenir bat from Yankee stadium. Who commits a crime in broad daylight at a shopping center anyway? What a poor excuse for a criminal. He shouldn't even have the privilege of having his picture in the news!
ryan dolan July 26, 2012 at 10:03 PM
I have known Ralph for all of highschool and that is not his behavior at all. This was about some wannabe hoodrats from Oakland trying to get tough and take his wallet and other posseions I wont speak of here on here. three people trying to attack one person sounds like he was being Jumped and used anything to defend himself. I dont blame him at all. But once again WYCKOFF police are quick to jump to conclusion and lock people up. Could this be another Chaupiz story or Michaels story. Lets just start blaming all the same people for the crimes in this town and make us look like were doing our jobs. SOUNDS LIKE WYCKOFF POLICE TOO ME.
Anonymous July 28, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Ryan Dolan please stop commenting on things you have no idea about. I know the 2 other guys personally and Ralph, they happened to be best friends. No one stole anyone's wallet and Ralph was high on drugs- which is why he attacked them. It's not defending himself when he left his home, found them at boulder run and beat one of the mens cars and the 2 men themselves. I'll agree, Ralph was never like that but peope change. It's sickening what drugs can do to people
Sergio Long Fingers August 01, 2012 at 06:57 PM
This kid was coked up look at the mugshot... If you are on someone's property and leave when asked before creating any problems, like the victims here did, it does not justify illegal behavior. Even if there was something more to this story nobody should be allowed to act like a mafioso, the same thing the family is known for, and beat someone with a bat. Ralph Zocco III has continuously proven to be a problem wether it be previous fighting or drug activity, please send a message and use this hoodlum as an example for anyone else who is considering such a vicious attack.
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