Indictment handed up in 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' home invasion

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A Bayonne man has been indicted in the home invasion of a former "Real Housewives of New Jersey" cast member.

James Mainello also faces robbery, aggravated assault and other charges in the indictment handed up Monday by a Monmouth County grand jury.

Prosecutors say the Mainello, 51, and another man were waiting when “Real Housewives” cast member Dina Manzo and her then-fiancé David Cantin entered their Holmdel home in May 2017.

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Cantin was beaten with a baseball bat, and Manzo was repeatedly kicked. They were bound with zip ties before the intruders made off with Manzo's engagement ring and cash.

Prosecutors say DNA on a zip tie matched Mainello's.

Mainello's lawyer says he denies the charges.

Anyone who may give additional information about the case is asked to contact Det. Wayne Raynor of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at 1-800-533-7443, or Det. Eric Hernando of the Holmdel Police Department at 732-946-4400.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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