On Saturday, May 13, Dina Manzo spent the day celebrating her goddaughter Audriana Giudice’s first communion in New Jersey. What should have been a happy day turned to horror when the former Real Housewives of New Jersey star and her boyfriend, Dave Cantin, returned to their townhouse, and were immediately and brutally attacked by two robbers inside the home. The couple waited out the robbery and survived, but not without both physical and emotional scars from the horror that unfolded. Click through to find out all the gruesome details we know so far about the terrifying invasion.
Dina and Dave returned to their home at 10:54pm, when they were immediately rushed by two men wearing bandanas who were in the midst of robbing the house. “David fought back, but one of the two men grabbed a baseball bat that belongs to David’s son,” a source close to Cantin told RadarOnline.com exclusively.
According to the insider, one of the robbers, who are believed to be in their 40s, hit Cantin in the back of his head and neck five times. “They went to go hit Dina with the bat and David jumped on top of her to take the blows,” the insider said. “They threw her up against the wall and her head banged into the wall. Then they tried to hit her with the bat.”
The men then bound and zip tied Dina and Dave with their hands behind their back and continued their robbery. “The two assailants stole personal property from the victims, including cash and jewelry, and fled the scene,” the Holmdel Township Police Department shared in a statement.
Once the attackers left, David and Dina “scurried their way into the kitchen to get scissors and call 911,” the source told Radar.
“Both victims were subsequently taken to a local hospital for treatment. The male suffered significant facial injuries, including a broken nose. The female was also treated for facial injuries,” the Holmdel Township PD added.
After their release from the hospital, the couple “jumped on a plane back to California. They booked it out of here,” a source close to the couple told Radar. “Dina’s been laying low, barely speaking, with bandages around her face.”
Dina's daughter Lexi Ioannou, however, has commented on the robbery, at least via Twitter. When former RHONJ star Jim Marchese tweeted about the attack, claiming it was karma, she replied, “You are a filthy human being. Grow a heart and have some compassion. Keep your arrogance to yourself.”
Meanwhile, Dina’s other RHONJ cast mates are amping up their own security in the wake of the attack. “The housewives are freaking out because the attackers are unknown. They don’t know if it has anything to do with the show,” an insider told Radar. “So they are doing everything they can do to protect themselves.”
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