Indictment handed up in ‘Real Housewives’ home invasion

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — A 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 51-year-old Bayonne resident and another man were waiting when Dina Manzo and her then-fiancé David Cantin entered their Holmdel home in May 2017.

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.

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Prosecutors say DNA on a zip tie matched Mainello’s. Mainello’s lawyer says he denies the charges.

Manzo and Cantin have since married.

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