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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.

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 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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