EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — Two sets of assault charges against several people including Tejay Johnson, Rutgers football player from Egg Harbor Township, were dropped Thursday evening in municipal court, after the alleged victims from both incidents missed another court date.
Family, co-defendants and supporters rejoiced in the hallway afterward, hugging and trading congratulations.
Johnson, 21, referred questions to his attorney, Eric H. Lubin, who said, “He’s a nice kid with a bright future and he’s going to get back to school.”
In the first set of charges, Johnson and Kenneth Collier faced simple assault charges stemming from a Memorial Day incident in the township. Police alleged Johnson choked a woman, then pulled her hair and punched the back of her head.
Judge H. Robert Switzer dismissed the case Thursday when complainant Shana Oglesby missed another hearing and Johnson dropped his simple assault complaint against her.
In the second set of charges, Johnson and five other people were arrested and charged with robbery and assault following a June 15 confrontation in a Gallant Fox Lane home in the township's Bargaintown section.
Egg Harbor Township police said the victim, Atlantic City resident Jamiell Elliot-Johnson, 35, “was held against his will, beaten by several subjects and had the contents of his pockets stolen.”
Elliot-Johnson was treated for his injuries at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus.
Johnson initially faced one third-degree and two second-degree charges, but they were downgraded in late August. Thursday’s hearing was rescheduled from hearing postponed from Sept. 24 and Oct. 15.
In court on Thursday, Egg Harbor Township Prosecutor Marc Nehmad said Elliot-Johnson had left the region. “The witness cannot be located,” Nehmad said in recommending dismissal. “It is my understanding he is out of the state and will not be coming back.”
Johnson was the 2010 Press Athlete of the Year, following a career as a three-sport star that included winning the 100-meter dash in 2009’s Meet of Champions.
He is now a junior communications major and defensive back for the 6-6 Scarlet Knights. Johnson has started three games this year and has taken part in 35 tackles.
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