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Search Continues for Man Wanted in Toms River Stabbing

Police said Steven Rosado should be considered dangerous

Update June 3: The suspect was caught, story here:

with murder remains on the loose, after a victim succumbed to stab wounds inflicted early Saturday.

Steven Rosado, 20, of Lakewood, was charged Sunday in the death of Kevin Copes, 25, of Lakewood. The Ocean County Prosecutor's Office said Sunday Rosado allegedly stabbed Copes in a 1:30 a.m. Saturday incident, in the parking lot of a Toms River apartment complex.

Police were called to Community Medical Center Saturday for a report of stab wounds after friends brought Copes to the hospital.

The next day prosecutors named Rosado as the suspect, charging him with murder and setting his bail at $750,000 no 10 percent option.

Rosado is considered dangerous, police said.

"Mr. Rosado is currently at large.  The public's assistance is being sought in locating him," said Executive Assistant Prosecutor Michel A. Paulhus. A photo of Rosado has been released.

Further details on the stabbing, as well as a shooting that happened in Toms River approximately an hour earlier, were not released.

"This investigation is ongoing, that's all I can say," Paulhus said.

The search is being conducted by the Toms River Police and Ocean County Prosecutor's and Sheriffs offices, Paulhus said.

Anyone with any information concerning his whereabouts is asked to contact Detective John Caroll of the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office at 732 929-2027 or Detective John Bajcic of the Toms River Police Department at 732 349-0150.

marcus22 July 02, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Ima miss my bro kev smh
Chris July 02, 2012 at 08:43 PM
What apartment complex in toms river did this happen? Not villages at bey lea?
E M C July 02, 2012 at 09:05 PM
I believe it was Winteringham. That's what I read the other day.
Tamara July 02, 2012 at 09:18 PM
I love you cuz
Chris July 02, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Just wondered if it was villages @ bey lea because I live at villages at bey lea and I know a few weeks back there was robbery there of drugs and the kids that lived there were beaten up I never was able to find out what building that happened at, anyone know if it was building 20?
Tom Ramirez July 02, 2012 at 11:49 PM
i just heard they caught the guy in flordia who did it. if its true thank god for kevins family. this was such a senseless murder, not that most murders make sense. but kevin was a good guy and this shouldnt of happened to a guy like him, who worked hard,finished school and was just getting started with his life. rest in peace kev
Joewithhispantsontheground July 03, 2012 at 02:30 AM
The killer has been arrested in Florida.
Jak July 03, 2012 at 03:58 AM
JUST IN: Steven Rosado, the man accused of fatally stabbing another man in Toms River, was apprehended and arrested in Florida this afternoon, police confirm to TLS. Rosado, 20, was wanted for the murder of Kevin Copes, 24, of Lakewood. His bail has been set at $750, 000 with no 10% option, by the Honorable James N. Blaney, J.S.C. TLS.
SUMMERmom July 03, 2012 at 11:29 AM
Good job!!! GOOD TO HEAR THEY GOT THIS GUY!
Keeping whats mine July 03, 2012 at 11:33 AM
He should be put in the cage with the dog killer. You are a SCUMBAG!!!
Jena July 03, 2012 at 11:58 AM
R.i.p kevin you will be missed dearly
bayboat July 03, 2012 at 12:18 PM
it looks like a squirrel had sex with his head
Andy Barcellona July 03, 2012 at 01:33 PM
So this 20 yr old just threw his life away and another young man is dead. Wise up and smell the roses. Is a lifetime behind bars or in a grave worth the gamble of showing how tough you are to your friends? Eventually one or the other will get them.
Catherine Galioto (Editor) July 03, 2012 at 07:43 PM
We have an update to this story, here: The suspect in a stabbing Saturday in Toms River has been apprehended in Florida: http://patch.com/A-vKls
souda July 05, 2012 at 02:58 PM
no. it didn't happen at bay lea but his mother lives here in the same building as me even tho I don't know them it brakes my heart to see the pain and hurt in his familys face I hope g.o.d gives them strength to stay strong and may her son rest in peace
souda July 05, 2012 at 03:05 PM
chris did you find out what building the robbery happened at iv been reading a lot of negative stuff that's happening in bay lea village
BeachGirl319 July 08, 2012 at 01:10 AM
The stabbing occurred at the Briar Knolls complex in Toms River, for all those who were wondering.

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