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Toms River Man Charged With Kidnapping, Raping, Stabbing Woman At Local Motel

Steen Tarpley
Steen Tarpley

A 48-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the motel kidnapping, stabbing and sexual assault of a 31-year-old Toms River woman, according to Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and Toms River Police Chief Mitch Little.

Steen Tarpley of Toms River has been charged with with first degree kidnapping, first degree aggravated sexual assault, and second degree aggravated assault.   

At approximately 1:24 p.m. on Saturday, the Toms River Police Department received a call of an assault at the Americana Hotel at 925 Route 166.  Patrolman Kyle Zangara quickly arrived on the scene to find the suspect had fled and the female victim suffering from multiple stab wounds, authorities said.

The victim was immediately given medical assistance and transported to Jersey Shore Medical Center where she in listed in stable condition with multiple superficial stab wounds.

Toms River officers on scene quickly radioed the suspect's description to surrounding area patrols. At approximately 2:56 p.m., a Toms River unit located the suspect near a bus stop on Route 166 in the area of the Toms River Home Depot. 

Toms River Detective Duncan MaCrae, with the assistance of other Toms River Patrol Units took Tarpley into custody without incident, police said.

The investigation alleges that Tarpley, who is known to the victim, held her against her will for a yet to be determined time. It alleges further that during the course of the abduction he physically and sexually assaulted her.

Tarpley is lodged in Ocean County Jail in default of $500,000 cash bail set by Judge Joseph Foster.

The continuing investigation is being conducted by Toms River Detective Duncan MaCrae and Ocean County Prosecutor Detective Thomas Tiernan, with assistance from the Ocean County Sheriff's Department CIU.  

A-Ball February 17, 2014 at 06:47 AM
Love the article headline "toms river" charged with kidnapping....did they charge the whole town for the deeds of one
Jim February 17, 2014 at 07:30 AM
What a cool name. Bet he got made fun of in class "toms river" Stop chewing gum!!
SB Girl February 17, 2014 at 07:33 AM
Once again, a misleading headline...what do they pay these people?
TRWatch February 17, 2014 at 08:47 AM
Is the actors name Toms River or Steen Tarpley? Either way, the thug should be hung from a tree.
Vic Rattlehead February 17, 2014 at 11:38 AM
Maruca do you have nothing to do to the piont you just scan this rag and comment on ever report. My guess; you are on disability, welfare, snap card yet think your life is perfect mistake free!! Any kids? All perfect they never tried ETOH or pot. What is etoh? Let he who cast the first stone . Inocent till proven guilty. Well i guess by know you know Vic dont like Maruca. I 'll figure you out And what you have done with your crappy,lonely pathetic exitence. Untill we meet: PEACE SELLS BUT WHOS BUYIN!??!
bayway mike February 17, 2014 at 01:19 PM
One of my adult children formally worked at a liquor store along rte166.. And claimed that this fellow would come into the store already mad as Hell and would not stop screaming at anyone or anything!! For what this womaan went through, $500,000 isn't enough..
Av February 17, 2014 at 04:49 PM
Vic is Poopy
Av February 17, 2014 at 07:25 PM
That's Vic's neighbor they share food stamps
suz February 17, 2014 at 07:56 PM
He must of went off his meds or he is just a meth head. Sorry Vic...if you know him, then you need to find another source of friends. Bad news all around.
Av February 17, 2014 at 08:22 PM
Vic's nephew ?
letsgetreal February 17, 2014 at 08:31 PM
@Maruca....!!!!!! Wow...I actually agree with everything you said on this thread!!! Ok....I am gonna give you a break....a new start in my book...seems like your finally coming around!....Just take its slow....your actually making sense and I agree with you 100% and kudos to TRPD...nice job catching this scumbag!

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