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Suspect At Large in Second Armed Robbery Along Stretch of Route 37

Police search under way for man who brandished knife at stations along Route 37 West near Holiday City

Toms River Police are searching for a man who fled on foot after an attempted armed robbery of a Route 37 gas station near Bananier Drive at 5:30 p.m.

The suspect is believed to be a white male, 5’6” and of medium build, seen wearing a black-hooded sweatshirt, a black hat and black sneakers, said Chief Michael Mastronardy.

The suspect approached a male gas station attendant at the Shell Gas Station on Route 37 West, demanding money and showing a knife, said the police chief.

After the attendant grabbed the man’s arm, the suspect dropped the knife and took off toward Holiday City. He fled south on foot, said Mastronardy.

The police chief said the investigation of today’s incident may be linked with a Nov. 5 incident nearby, at the . Both on Route 37 West, today’s incident is at 1095 Route 37 West while the earlier incident was at 1194 Route 37 West.

“The department is continuing to investigate a similar robbery and the possibility it may be related that occurred on the fifth of November at the Holiday Service Center,” he said.

In the Nov. 5 incident, a white male in his early 20s brandishing a knife approached an employee of Holiday Service Center and demanded money, police said.

The alleged suspect, described as 5'9" and 155 lbs., took $100 from the 17-year-old male attendant and fled on foot north on Sumner Avenue, Mastronardy said.

At the time of the Nov. 5 robbery, the suspect was wearing a brown pullover hooded sweatshirt that read "Billa Bong" in white letters on the front, blue jeans and black sneakers, Mastronardy said.

Investigating are Detective Chris Fluck, Officer Michael Cassidy, Chris Raia and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department.

Zerosignal November 11, 2011 at 12:47 AM
Ccw is all I have to say.... Change the laws and this wouldn't be a problem!!
KingNeptune November 11, 2011 at 02:49 AM
Unfortunately, you will never see that in NJ.
Bud Boomer November 11, 2011 at 02:53 AM
Hopefully this guy left his fingerprints on his dropped knife and they get him off the streets before he kills someone for a few bucks.
suz November 11, 2011 at 12:46 PM
I hope he doesn't live in Holiday City with his grandparents! This guy needs to be caught and hopefully soon.
Karen November 11, 2011 at 01:34 PM
Whomever reported this story dropped the ball, I read patch over app b/c usually have more details. Either the police really released limited info or someone only posted half the story. Btw the date of first robbery is first stated as Nov 5th then as Nov 4th. What about the time these took place? This is important for 2 reasons would let potential witnesses know what time to think back to secondly I work in this area and would like to know if they are happening during day when I'd be at 1 of these stations. What about facial description height weight clothes help very little. One or more businesses in this area should have cameras to post a pic of the guy. And @Zero what is Ccw?
Mattie November 11, 2011 at 02:00 PM
This one happened at 5:30 PM (end of first paragraph of this story). The one last Saturday evening, (Nov. 5th) happened at 7:00 PM, (mentioned in the Nov. 6th story). These stations are very near each other, and both times the suspect ran off on foot. Doesn't mean he has no vehicle parked out of sight, but something to consider. There's a pretty big development across from this Shell station, and behind the Holiday Service Center that was robbed last week. More likely he's from there, than from Holiday City -- but it's possible.
Rich November 11, 2011 at 02:32 PM
CCW=conceal carry laws in the US
Mattie November 11, 2011 at 03:15 PM
I say FORTUNATELY you will never see that in NJ. (At least I hope not). Will it really make us all feel "safer" if some 14, 16, or 18 yr old kid gets shot down like a dog because some Clint Eastwood wannabe thought he was being "righteous" by saving the gas station owners 50 bucks? Come on.
Karen November 11, 2011 at 03:49 PM
@Mattie thanks so much, my oversight for not reading prior stories. I was shocked to hear about the hold up at quick chek, missed that one too. I agree most likely not from holiday city, but sees it as an easy target and if car waiting very easy to allude people, if you don't know the streets it's easy to get lost. Working up there every day for years, many people would be shocked to see the activites that go on.
Catherine Galioto (Editor) November 11, 2011 at 03:50 PM
The times are included above. The earlier incident was Nov. 5. There is no police sketch of the suspect; only the description above. No other information available.
Karen November 11, 2011 at 03:57 PM
Thanks Rich,and OMG I'd rather see a ban on any and all guns! Totally agree with Mattie, just imagining the lunatics driving on our roads having guns would make me become a hermit, I'd never leave the house, and I'd electric fence my property lol. They say Bobbies in London do not even carry guns and have less crime. Just think no shootings accidental or otherwise. My stepfather was a cop hated that the gun was in house, and never even had slightest curiosity to touch or use it. And no never made me feel safer that it was there.
Mattie November 11, 2011 at 04:19 PM
No Problem Karen. :-) I know about that development because I grew up in (east side of) TR, and during my high school years used to hang out in that Summit East section - because I had friends there. Not too much shocks me anymore.... maybe because I always try to remind myself to 'keep things in perspective'. It helps. ;-)

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