Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and Little Egg Harbor Police Chief Richard Buzby today announced the arrest of Kendrick Coley, 25, of Little Egg Harbor, in the death of Richard Pone, 28, also of Little Egg Harbor.
Police say on Wednesday, at approximately 8:15 pm, the Little Egg Harbor Police Department was dispatched to 21 Maplewood Drive, in reference to a 911 call reporting a male within the residence with a knife.
Patrol Officers in route were advised additionally by dispatch that a male subject had been stabbed inside the residence authorities said.
Upon their arrival, they encountered the defendant, Kendrick Coley, in the garage area of the residence and immediately took control of him to ascertain what took place at the residence.
Patrol officers were directed by a female inside the home to a second-floor bedroom, where they discovered Richard Pone unresponsive with a stab wound to his left upper chest area.
Medical staff pronounced Pone dead at scene 8:42 pm according to authorities.
The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Major Crimes Unit and Ocean County Sherriff’s Department CSI were contacted by Little Egg Harbor Police to continue the investigation.
The investigation by the partnering agencies found that there was an altercation between Coley and Pone, where Coley retrieved a kitchen knife and allegedly stabbed Pone in the upstairs bedroom police said.
The altercation allegedly resulted from Pone confronting Coley about an assault against a female at the residence that had taken place earlier.
Police charged Coley with Murder, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon and Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose.