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Resident Confronts Burglar, Strikes Suspect with 2x3

Police still looking for suspect in afternoon incident

Police are searching for a man who tried to break into an Old Freehold Road home's back door Wednesday afternoon. The man was confronted by a resident who hit him with a piece of wood before the suspect fled through backyards.

Toms River police received a call about a burglary in progress at 1 p.m. at Old Freehold Road near Silverton Road. Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy said the resident, a 49 year-old man, was at home when he heard a noise toward the back of the home.

Mastronardy said the homeowner saw a man trying to break in, and confronted the suspect.

"At a rear sliding glass door he observed a white male, about 30, trying to enter his home," said Mastronardy in an email. "He confronted the suspect about breaking into his house and the suspect replied 'What are you goanna do about it'”. 

Mastronardy said the confrontation continued from there. The suspect started to walk away but was in a verbal altercation with the homeowner, who then grabbed a four-foot piece of wood, a 2x3. The homeowner struck the suspect's hip with the piece of wood, and the man fled.

The police chief said that after the suspect was hit the man ran back toward Old Freehold Road.

"A short time later a witness observed the suspect running through backyards on Woodview Drive," Mastronardy said.

The suspect is described as a white man about 30 years old, wearing a black cap, orange t-shirt, sneakers and blue gym shorts with white piping.

Police continue to search for the suspect. Anyone with information can call police headquarters at 732-349-0150.

KingNeptune August 16, 2012 at 03:28 AM
In certain parts of NJ, he would have been.
KingNeptune August 16, 2012 at 03:29 AM
Obama says differently. He is creating a society where you will have to depend on the government for everything. It's the socialist way. Forward!
KingNeptune August 16, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Not only that, even if the homeowner had a gun in his house, he would be required to run away and cower in the closet, then only would he be able to use deadly force. This state is a joke!
Frank James August 16, 2012 at 10:34 AM
Toms River seems to have quite a burglary problem , even the police chief got robbed, I hope it doesn't get that bad in Brick where I live.
George August 16, 2012 at 11:07 AM
Check the crime rates, Frank. The problem is everywhere. TR police just catch more.
beaches August 16, 2012 at 11:12 AM
Good for the homeowner.
bojangles August 16, 2012 at 12:56 PM
With the amount of Burgs in TR in the past month Believe it or not theyre actually beating out towns like asbury park and the worse parts of neptune. Its unreal. In broad day light. But kudos to the fella who wacked that sucker! Awesome work, Give him a badge and a gun.
rich August 16, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Great job Homeowner,Nice to see that someone does the right thing
1stcav August 16, 2012 at 01:29 PM
I have a 1930's cast Iron fry pan left to me by Mom, makes a heck of a sound when you hit someone square in the head with it.Ka Pow...he would have thought he was shot with that sound and unable to move until the Police arrived. Ruger .357 also helps as a backup , if he has a real hard head ! Look for WB , wearing said outfit with a slight limp, and unable to run very fast !
Rachel Tomasi August 16, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Good job homeowner !!!! There was a man sitting by my mailbox my friend told me when she came to get one of my kids...I went outside and he was gone already n no way did he go down the st that fast. I did a perimeter check before they left and didn't find him but I set my alarm. How sad is it I'm afraid to shower in broad daylight until a friend is here. Very.
Enjoying Life August 16, 2012 at 02:12 PM
JUST REMEMBER HOW THIS MAKES YOU FEEL ABOUT BEING A LAWFUL FUN OWNER! WHILE THE GOVT OS TRYING TO TAKE OUR GUNS, AND REDUCE OUR POLICE FORCES, THESE LOW-LIFE CRIMINALS HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE AND WILL ARM THEMSELVES FOR WHEN THEY COME TO STEAL YOUR POSSESSIONS... YOU DON'T DESERVE TO BE THE UNDERDOG IN YOUR OWN HOME. BE SURE TO THINK ABOUT THAT WHEN IT COMES TIME TO ELECT OR VOTE-OUT THE APPROPRIATE GOVT OFFICIALS SO THAT ER CAN TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK!
CHANGE_TR August 16, 2012 at 02:42 PM
I applaud this homeowner. We cannot rely on the inadequate police in this town so we must take matters into our own hand. I can't wait for the day I bring up patch to read a homeowner shoots a robber
MrSaturdayNightSpecial August 16, 2012 at 03:48 PM
@MrCommonSense - First, this is not about Obama, or any political persons. Fact is in times of hardship people turn to robbing and stealing to support themselves/family/habit. It has always been that way. Secondly, Common Sense was written by Thomas Paine, who was a proto-socialist. Thirdly, Benjamin Franklin was also a socialist, as is the basis of Christianity in theory.
MrSaturdayNightSpecial August 16, 2012 at 03:57 PM
I totally agree that you should be able to own a gun, but keep in mind that James Holmes also was a "Lawful Gun Owner" until he decided to kill 12 people.
Cantmakethisup August 16, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Walter Grenci...protect taxpayers..you WERE a cop right?
jeff August 16, 2012 at 04:57 PM
I thought crime was dropping in Toms River ?????? Good thing he only hit him once , twice would have been assault and the criminal would now become the victim. Like I said over a year ago, arm yourselves with MACE and use your gun in your home as a last resort , DO NOT USE A FIREARM OUTSIDE YOU HOME.
jeff August 16, 2012 at 04:59 PM
I thought crime was dropping in Toms River ?????? Good thing he only hit him once , twice would have been assault and the criminal would now become the victim. Like I said over a year ago, arm yourselves with MACE and use your gun in your home as a last resort , DO NOT USE A FIREARM OUTSIDE YOUR HOME
CBS August 16, 2012 at 06:10 PM
I am one of the "Toms River Home Burglary Victims" whose home was broken into 10 months ago. I believe no matter where you live this is going on now more than ever. The police never caught the robber or recovered the jewelry that was stolen. We need to get rid of these Cash for Gold stores and it should be illegal to send gold by mail. The items that these people stole were all gold and they left behind items that you would think they would take. I just want to state to those who have committed these type of crimes or are thinking about committing a burglary, you are selling your soul for a few hundred dollars. Even though these items that were taking from me were worth thousands, I didn't care about that. I cared that the items were pieces of my childhood, items that held precious memories of the past loved ones who had given them to me. An item that represented a bond between parent and child, which was given to me after my fathers death at a young age. These people aren't just disrespecting our homes they cowardly ripped away my only tangible connection that meant more than money. I will always have my memories and no one can take that away. By the way, the day this happened I was out of town taking care of a dying relative, who passed weeks later. So the next time you want to rob someone,don't think they won't miss it.I have worked hard for everthing. Next time you are in desperate need, try reading the Bible.I believe justice will be served
Mr. Walter J. Grenci August 16, 2012 at 06:14 PM
@Cantmakethisup: Your are correct. My point is not enough is being done to combat this. If we are able to have grants for seat-belt and speeding enforcement and allocate the manpower for that, then we should be able to tap into grant and certain fund (Maybe VCCB- or other "Safe neighborhood"), monies that people pay for when they pay a fine or are found guilty in court. However motor vehicle enforcement is a revenue maker, catching a crook is not. Something needs to be done to combat the increasingly alarming, and dangerously high number of brazen broad daylight home robberies and home invasions. I would immediately form a task force by re-assigning officers from current duties, amicably amend vacation times, temporarily suspend training, and make sure intelligence is shared with other surrounding towns to ensure the safety of the residents while also lobbying hard for the use for monies from fines to have the manpower needed both in uniform and plainclothes, to put a stop to this! It is now only a matter of time before a unfortunate outcome becomes a reality.
KingNeptune August 16, 2012 at 07:03 PM
I'm all about contradiction.
Common Sense in Silverton August 16, 2012 at 07:12 PM
This story and its comments have single-handedly restored my faith in humanity.
Seriously? August 16, 2012 at 09:45 PM
NO NO NO people!! They are the have-nots as opposed to the haves -- there was no parental guidance to teach them right from wrong and we need to understand why they do what they do. Pity them, don't condemn them!!!
Seriously? August 16, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Just kidding, folks -- blast their sorry azzes with a double-barrell!!!
Rem August 16, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Meet my little friend.
ramd August 17, 2012 at 05:25 AM
You're introducing logic to this discussion?
beentheredonethat August 19, 2012 at 04:37 PM
I hate to throw a damp towel on the discussion BUT in New Jersey, this homeowner could be charged with felony aggravated assault. Don't believe it? This state does not allow any force whatsoever to be used protecting your own property. For this of you talking about pulling a gun, just pointing a gun will get you ten years. Now, if it were up to me (and most of you) it would be open season on these scumbags but it is not. The cops in this case will probably charge the scumbag with a misdemeanor and then send the AG assualt case against the homeowner to the prosecutors office. Then it will go to grand jury. The only hope is that the grand jury is made up of people like us. If this happens to you - be careful not to confront the scumbag no matter what. And don't think the cops will side with you. This is reality and it sucks.
barbara August 19, 2012 at 06:41 PM
if anyone tried to enter my house and harm my loved ones, i would not think twice to shoot them or harm them. nj wants to charge me with felony assault, go ahead, at least i will get 3 meals a day and visits from my family and we will all be alive.......
knarfie August 20, 2012 at 10:54 PM
And if I were on the jury, you would never go to jail
CBS August 22, 2012 at 04:25 PM
I was told by Toms River Law Enforcement if someone enters my home and I am present, to do whatever I needed to do to protect myself.
Mr. Walter J. Grenci August 22, 2012 at 10:31 PM
A couple of things: "...whatever I needed to do to protect myself" does not necessarily mean employ the use of deadly force- although I am personally 100% for it. Hope you remember them when you get indicted. Reminds me of the old story of a housewife who while home alone was faced with an intruder attacking her in her home. The intruder armed with a huge steak knife went up against the housewife who never shot her husbands weapon until that same night. Intruder died, housewife & kids safe with no court involvement. The knife being "Key".

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