Former “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Dina Manzo and her boyfriend, Dave Cantin, were victims of a terrifying home invasion this weekend after two robbers broke into their New Jersey townhouse.
After celebrating “RHONJ” co-star Teresa Giudice’s daughter’s first communion on Saturday night, the couple returned to their home in Holmdel, New Jersey, around 11 p.m. to find two masked assailants already inside.
The robbers reportedly rushed at them, beating Cantin with a baseball bat and punching Manzo multiple times, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office via People. The two were then bound together, as the robbers raided the house of personal items like jewelry and cash before fleeing the scene. Police are reportedly still looking for suspects.
Cantin was eventually able to break free of his restraints and phone the police, who arrived at the home shortly after to transport the couple to the hospital. Both were treated for facial injuries, with Cantin suffering a broken nose, and were later released.
“Dina and David are obviously shaken up from the traumatic and violent home invasion and robbery,” their attorney told E! Online in a statement. “No one should ever have to go through what they did. They are grateful to law enforcement and the other emergency responders and appreciate everyone’s concern and well-wishes.”
Manzo starred on the New Jersey edition of the reality TV show franchise for two seasons before making her exit. She would later appear as guest on the fourth season and returned as a full-time cast member in Season 6, until leaving once again the following year. Despite a rift with former cast member and sister Caroline Manzo, Dina remains close with Teresa Giudice and is the godmother to her daughter Audriana.
She also appeared on her own reality TV series “Dina’s Party,” a show about party planning that was canceled after two seasons.
Cantin, also a native of New Jersey, started dating Manzo in 2015 and is the co-owner of one of the largest car dealerships in the world.