A hospital spokeswoman confirmed Monday that the former Barnegat Township police officer accused of violating a restraining order was released from Southern Ocean County Hospital on Sunday.
Former Barnegat police Sgt. Frank DeSanto Jr., 31, was arrested at the Atlantic City Service Area on the Garden State Parkway. The Monroe Township, Middlesex County, Police Department had issued a no-bail warrant for his arrest and subsequently took him into custody Sunday after an initial arrest by State Police and Galloway Township po-lice.
Officials from the Middlesex County department confirmed Monday that it was their department that made the arrest, but could not release more information until this morning because senior authorities were off for the Columbus Day holiday. Earlier reports said the arrest was made by officers from another department.
The Middlesex County Jail did not have DeSanto in custody Monday, according to a shift commander there.
DeSanto sent his wife a text message saying he was suicidal, armed and threatening to harm police officers, which violated the restraining order, according to State Police.
Galloway police received a tip that he would be in the area, and, when police found his SUV at the rest stop, they closed it for a half-hour to search for him.
Eventually an unidentified woman dropped DeSanto off and police then arrested him at about 3 p.m.
After his arrest, police said they took him to Southern Ocean County Hospital because he complained of chest pains. On Monday SOCH spokeswoman Lisa Weinstein said he was treated and released Sunday.