Police arrested four men who they say assaulted two men in separate incidents on borough streets, stabbing one repeatedly and stealing the other victim’s car and setting it on fire. Police said they believe the four men are affiliated with the Bloods street gang. They also arrested a woman who they say is not believed to be affiliated with the gang but was present during the attack on the second victim. Police made the arrests Thursday and Friday. In the first case, which occurred around 1:40 a.m. July 6, a 21-year-old Red Bank man was walking on River Street when he was approached by four men who tried to rob him, police said. That victim was beaten and stabbed, said Capt. Darren McConnell. According to criminal complaints, the victim was stabbed about six times. The 21-year-old man was taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune. He has since been released and is recovering from his injuries, police said. In the second case, around 3 a.m. Thursday, a 36-year-old Belmar man was walking to his vehicle on South Pearl Street when he was approached by the same four men, as well as one woman, police said. According to police, they assaulted the man and stole his jewelry and money. After he ran away from them, the men stole his vehicle, drove it to Mohawk Pond and set it on fire, said McConnell. That victim suffered cuts and bruises but did not require medical treatment, police said. Lamar Hicks, 27, of Long Branch; Kadean Lane, 20, of Tinton Falls; and Jason Hall, 20, and Dashaun Clayton, 21, both of Red Bank, are charged in connection with both cases. The men were charged with two counts each of robbery and aggravated assault, and one count each of possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and arson. Luchretia Jackson, 26, of Red Bank was charged with one count of robbery in connection with the South Pearl Street incident. Jackson was released on $25,000 bail. The four men are being held at the Monmouth County jail, Freehold Township. Bail for Clayton is set at $280,000; bail for the other three men is set at a total of $425,000, according to jail records. Photos of the defendants were not released.
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