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Brick Police Arrest Six After Party Leads to Fight, Stabbing

Police investigating potential gang connections

An out-of-control party led to one man being stabbed and six others placed under arrest for various offenses early Friday morning, police said. Officials are investigating the possibility that the incident may have stemmed from a dispute  between rival gang members.

Brick Police responded to a call about a fight in progress at 2:38 a.m. Friday, according to Sgt. Keith Reinhard. When Officer Kris DeMarco arrived at the corner of National Ave. and Van Zile Road, he found several people in the street as five more fled the scene. Among those in the street were Ezra Strong, who fell to the ground after telling DeMarco he had been stabbed, and Ronald Daniels, who would later be arrested after becoming belligerent and trying to enter a police supervisor's vehicle, according to a police report.

Police later discovered the stabbing and fight began after a wild party had taken place at 38 National Avenue, Reinhard said. A friend of the owner of home where the party took place, a man identified by police as Fritz Jeanbaptiste,  attempted to get everyone out of the house when he was slashed about the face and shoulders, possibly with a knife.

The bulk of the arrests occurred as police continued the investigation. As Officer Rich Crimi was probing the incident, Tyrone Sanders, 19, of Asbury Park, attempted to walk past him toward the crime scene before disobeying orders to return to the house and pushing Crimi, Reinhard said.

"He was advised that he was under arrest, but continued to fight with the officers and was subsequently subdued and placed into custody," Reinhard said.

While the officers were attempting to arrest Sanders a female identified as Jaleesa Richard-Murray, also 19, of Asbury Park, attempted to pull DeMarco off of Sanders, police said. Richard-Murray, once placed under arrest, later attempted to kick out the windows of a patrol car, according to a police report.

As the investigation continued, police received a call from a resident on Sunrise Street about three men hiding in a backyard behind his shed, Reinhard said.

Officers Mike Feeney, Larry Petrola and Joseph Oliveri responded and eventually arrested Ansel Applewhite, 18, of Sawmill Road; Rayshawn Jones, 20, of Sawmill Road; and a male juvenile for disorderly conduct after all three began screaming obscenities at the officers and refused their commands, according to police.

Applewhite faces charges of resisting arrest, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct and marijuana possession. Sanders was charged with resisting arrest, aggravated assault on a police officer and an active warrant out of Asbury Park. Murray faces charges of obstruction, disorderly conduct and hindering apprehension, and Jones is facing charges of criminal trespass and disorderly conduct.

All were released on summonses and are not cooperating with authorities, police said. No arrests were made in the stabbing incident, which remains under investigation.

Strong, the stabbing victim, was treated at the scene and transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune. Jeanbaptiste was treated at the scene, but refused to go to a hospital.

Christina Weaver March 30, 2011 at 05:51 AM
Oceangal thank you for your voice of reason. Like you, I will vote "Yes".
Christina Weaver March 30, 2011 at 06:06 AM
Brick Resident thank you for your analysis. I don't condone "cops eating doughnuts" in the derogatory manner it's been described here. However, there IS "down time" in the life of a fire fighter, EMT or police office. WHEN the emergency occurs, we need an immediate response, whether it's a person who's having a heart attack or an out of hand party that spills into a brawl. Those first responders don't know what they're heading into. We expect them to have cool heads and handle the emergency. This is made all the more difficult when there isn't sufficient staffing. At the same time, we expect these "public servants' to take a pro-active role and investigate behind the scenes, in an effort to deal with the type of crime facing us in 2011. My home and community are my most important investment. Part of it is financial; part of it is quality of life.
disgusted homeowner March 30, 2011 at 12:27 PM
79. Just calm down and go blow your nose, will you ?????? Are you afraid of the dark at night too? Do you want the cops to come hold your hand to walk to your car???? Get real and grow up. This is 2011 and things have changed. Deal with it or go see a therapist will you. with all due respect.
Goo Ber March 30, 2011 at 01:37 PM
Disgusted....You sound like an idiot..with all due respect
Mary Casella May 22, 2011 at 02:13 PM
I am sick and tired of hearing that criminals are being released over and over again for their crimes. KEEP THEM IN JAIL!!! These criminals and gang members are "TERRORISTS"!! Protect Brick residents by KEEPING THE CRIMINAL IN JAIL from arrest until trial and sentencing. Why is it that most criminals have a "RAP SHEET" that is longer than an arms length? Why are criminals allowed out of jail to become "REPEAT OFFENDERS"?? If Brick would STOP spending taxpayer money on all of the STUPID A** "SPEED HUMPS, BUMPS and TABLES" or whatever they are calling them now, and the asinine "TRAFFIC CIRCLES" in Lake Riviera and all of the ridiculous and unnecessary traffic lights and the stop spending our taxpayer money on the "BIG BROTHER" cameras on almost every traffic light, maybe we could spend the tax money on actually PROTECTING the citizens of Brick with an adequate Police Department. The police in Brick are good officers... we need more of them. We also need the laws to change so that citizens are protected and the criminals are prosecuted and thrown in jail. Stop the plea bargaining and get tough on crime.

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