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Three Suspected Drug Dealers Charged in Death of Toms River Woman, 23

Three men charged in 2013 death of Toms River woman; one still at large

Paul E. Robinson, 24, of Toms River (Photo: Ocean County Prosecutor's Office)
Paul E. Robinson, 24, of Toms River (Photo: Ocean County Prosecutor's Office)
Three suspected drug dealers – one of whom is still at large – have been charged in the 2013 death of a 23-year-old Toms River woman.

Rufus A. Young, 41, of Freehold, Pedro A. Valentin Jr., 23, of Perth Amboy, and Paul E. Robinson, 24, of Toms River, face charges in the drug overdose death of Jamie Caravella.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Robinson, the Toms River resident, who has not yet been taken into custody, according to Al Della Fave, spokesman for the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office.

The charges against the three men stem from an investigation which began on Feb. 6, 2013 at approximately 5:07am when the Toms River Police Department received a 911 telephone call advising of an unresponsive female at a Pine Crest Drive, a joint statement from Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato and Toms River Police Chief Mitch Little said. Officer Ronald Bayer arrived at the location to find Caravella lying on the floor of a bedroom in the residence not breathing and with no pulse. Empty bags of heroin and a needle were found near Caravella.

Caravella was pronounced dead 20 minutes later after paramedics arrived on scene. An autopsy performed the following day revealed the cause of death as a heroin overdose.

Young, Valentin, and Robinson all face charges of first degree drug induced death and second degree manslaughter.

Young was served by Ocean County Prosecutor Det. John Carroll and Toms River Ptl. Andy Chenchirk with his arrest warrant Tuesday in the Monmouth County Correctional Facility, where he has been incarcerated since March 27 on violations of Federal Narcotic charges.

Valentin was arrested Tuesday with the help of the Perth Amboy Special Investigations Bureau, at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Gordon Street in Perth Amboy.

Robinson remains at large and is actively being sought by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office. Anyone with information regarding Robinson’s whereabouts is asked to contact Ocean County Prosecutor Detective John Carroll at 732-929-2027.

Bail for all three men has been set at $200,000 cash. The case is being prosecuted by Ocean County Senior Assistant Prosecutor Michael R. Weatherstone.
Brandy the Dog May 01, 2014 at 05:13 PM
Stephananie Plungy, I know next to nothing about shooting up. Could you please explain how it takes three individuals to do so? I don't understand.
grace May 01, 2014 at 05:34 PM
@stephananie was she being held against her will then drugged? if so whats the story behind that?
ThudNJ May 01, 2014 at 06:41 PM
Young, Valentin, and Robinson all face charges of first degree drug induced death and second degree manslaughter. If they did not provide the narcotics (allegedly) the victim would not have overdosed and died on that particular event. What would you suggest, not holding them at all responsible?
Brandy the Dog May 01, 2014 at 08:55 PM
Thud, as much as I'd like to answer your question, I can not without knowing the circumstances. That is why i posed my question and thank you grace for the follow up. What they are charged with is much less important than what they are found guilty of in terms of what they may or may not be held responsible for. Until such time that we receive additional information, I will defer to you as Judge, Jury and Executioner.


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