Real Housewives of New Jersey
star Dina Manzo and her boyfriend, David Cantin, are recovering following a “traumatic and violent” invasion at the reality star’s Holmdel, New Jersey, home on Saturday.
"Dina and David are obviously shaken up from the traumatic and violent home invasion and robbery,” the pair's attorney, Andrew B. Brettler, told ET. “No one should ever have to go through what they did. They are grateful to law enforcement and the other emergency responders and appreciate everyone’s concern and well-wishes."
According to a press release from the Holmdel Township Police Department, police responded to a 911 call reporting a home invasion robbery shortly before midnight on Saturday.
Police determined that after arriving home, Manzo and Cantin were ambushed by two assailants, with Cantin, 37, being struck several times with a baseball bat, and Manzo, 46, being punched. The couple was bound together with their faces covered during the attack and robbery.
After stealing cash and jewelry, the intruders fled and the couple freed themselves and called 911. They were taken to the hospital with facial injuries and have since been released.
Prior to the incident, the pair had been celebrating the first holy communion of Manzo’s co-star Teresa Giudice’s
7-year-old daughter (and her goddaughter) Audriana.
In a statement released to ET through her attorney, James Leonard, Giudice expressed her shock at the incident.
"I am very shaken by what has happened and very concerned for my friend, who I love like a sister,” she said. “I hope that whoever did this is caught and punished."