NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY (PIX11)—Cops say they are searching for Robert Dunbar,35, formerly of Manalapan, NJ, after he allegedly shot his estranged wife's new boyfriend in the couple's home Friday night. Dunbar and his wife, Deborah Dunbar,34, were in the midst of a divorce, according to neighbors. Police say the shooting victim is an NYPD officer, assigned to the 63rd Precinct in Coney Island. He was off-duty at the time. The NYPD is not releasing his name just yet.
A Manalapan police officer guarded the Taylor Mills Place home Saturday, while detectives hunted for Dunbar. Some thought Dunbar might be headed to his parents' Staten Island home. No one came to the door when the PIX11 news crew knocked on the door.
Neighbors say nothing like this ever happens in this leafy, suburban neighborhood. The Dunbar's next-door neighbor didn't want to give his name, but told us Robert is a nice guy.
"I never had a problem with him. As a matter of fact, we got along great, as close as last summer, we were in the pool, their daughters were playing with my daughters," he said.
According to investigators, those daughters were apparently sleeping just steps away, when their dad fired the gunshots. They say Dunbar took off, sparking a manhunt. The next-door neighbor says things with the family changed recently: "The house ... all of a sudden, went up for sale; as for the personal stuff, they didn't really talk about that. We were close for a while, then a couple of months ago they fell off the radar."
Police say Dunbar apparently ditched his phone in the woods to make himself harder to track. The injured NYPD officer was treated and released from a local hospital -- this as the manhunt for Dunbar continues.
The Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office says he's facing charges of possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, aggravated assault and attempted murder.
Edited By Michelle Robinson