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Lakewood Man Charged In Toms River Stabbing Death

Male with stab wounds was taken to Community Medical Center by friends

A 20-year-old Lakewood man has been charged with murder in connection with a fatal stabbing in Toms River.

Steven Rosado has been charged in connection with the death of a man identified by multiple sources as Kevin Copes, 24 of Lakewood, Ocean County Prosecutor Marlene Lynch Ford announced Sunday.

Toms River police were called to Community Medical Center about 1 a.m. Saturday after Copes was brought to the emergency room by friends for treatment of stab wounds.

“Toms River police immediately commenced an investigation into the incident, together with homicide detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office,” Ford said. “As a result of that investigation, we determined that Rosado was involved in a fight with the victim and that we believe probable cause has been established to implicate Rosado in connection with the crime.”

The initial investigation indicated that the stabbing may have occurred near or at the Briar Knolls Apartment Complex, police said.

Honorable James N. Blaney, J.S.C. has set bail at $750,000 with no 10% option.

 It was unknown whether the stabbing was related to the that occurred late Friday night.

In that incident, a man was shot during a large birthday party for a 21-year-old man around 11:30 p.m. The victim ran to neighbors for help and was subsequently taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center's trauma unit in Neptune for treatment.

Anyone with information about this crime is requested to contact Sgt. Carlos Trujillo-Tovar of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office at 732-929-2027, or the Toms River Township Police Department at 732-349-0150.

Martin July 01, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Which apt. complex? On what street?
laceyundercovermole July 01, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Great reporting.
Fedup July 01, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Gangs in Toms River, not in Toms River. We live in such a wholesome community. http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/08/spree_of_lakewood_shootings_le.html
Shawn Smith July 01, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Police believe it may have occurred at or near the Briar Knolls Apartment Complex
jrzygrl July 01, 2012 at 04:34 PM
I think the bail is wrong $750 for a stabbing that resulted in a death??
mike July 01, 2012 at 04:42 PM
$750? that's pretty cheap.
Shawn Smith July 01, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Bail is set at $750,000
LB July 01, 2012 at 05:38 PM
READ PEOPLE. IT CLEARLY SAYS $750,000.00. Helloooo.
cant stand ignorance July 01, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Damn copes & kash within 24 hrs? this is a Damn shame they are both great people! Copes unfortunately has passed but hopefully the other victim will be ok. Tons of love, condolences and prayers for both families
Smh July 01, 2012 at 10:38 PM
People who have no knowledge of what the situation was over shouldn't voice there opinion. If a person is robbed and shot or stabbed does that make them a low life? Does that make their patents crack heads? The ignorance of online comments at its best. Copes was a good guy and because a punk stabbed him wont change that.
C.O'Brien July 02, 2012 at 01:03 AM
kramdon- Completely inappropriate comment-many people are devastated & in pain right now. Did you consider that the victims friends and family may visit this site and be completely disgusted by your ignorance? No, I assume you didn't think about anyones feelings on the topic. For you to have the audacity to post such a comment on this page shows a lot of nerve and a sure lack of class. I question what type of "discusting upbringing" (as you say) that you received. Kevin had a good heart and always a smile on his face. He will be sadly mourned by dozens of family and friends who loved him. He wasn't perfect, but I know that he would never stoop to the level that you just did. Here is some parenting that you have clearly have missed out on: 1) Learn some RESPECT 2) Learn how to shut your mouth if you have nothing nice to say 3) Learn how SPELL and use proper grammar 4) Pick up a bible, because you sure need the lord in your life WE LOVE YOU KEVIN COPES. REST IN PEACE. -C. O'Brien
i don't get it?? July 02, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Wow...the immature name calling and bashing of victims is horribly disgraceful...Also, it amazes me that most people who behave like this are just cowards...9 out of 10 times those of you bashing race, economic status and whatever other ignorant topic you can think of would NEVER make those same comments in a room full of people. Grow up. Condolences to the family of the stabbing victim, and hope for a fast recovery for the other...and by the way the rest of you...Karma...karma...karma...
Seamus O'Malley July 02, 2012 at 01:46 AM
It's a shame that someone so young had to die because someone didn't know the meaning of a fair fight, what ever happened to two guys just punching it out and taking their lumps? There is no reason for someone to die. My prayers to the friends and family.
So Much to Say July 02, 2012 at 02:10 AM
App.com has a picture of the murderer. They also claim he is NOT in custody. People keep a look out and call police is seen. Looks like a real upstanding citizen.....NOT
jrzygrl July 02, 2012 at 03:10 AM
LB if you read the article earlier it said 750 they corrected it to the right amount
KLG July 02, 2012 at 03:23 AM
$75 is a slap in the face!
Carolina Shores July 02, 2012 at 04:10 AM
http://www.app.com/article/20120701/NJNEWS14/307010048/Lakewood-man-charged-fatally-stabbing-another-Toms-River-sought-by-cops?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFrontpage
barbara July 02, 2012 at 01:09 PM
RIP to young man who passed, condolences to his family.
natasha July 02, 2012 at 02:16 PM
This is brother n cousin I just have to say me n my family is hurting. Over all this I ask that u keep me n my family n y'all prayer. We will get that killer I love you sooooooo much kev!!! Tasha ur big sis
barbara July 02, 2012 at 02:24 PM
sorry for your loss Natasha
Poindexter McSmash July 02, 2012 at 05:42 PM
He doesn't look like the average church goer.
barbara July 02, 2012 at 06:41 PM
agree for sure. i like getting updates from the Patch, but the ignorant comments of some people are disgraceful......seriousy, get a life or take a look in the mirror.

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