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Jackson Man Pleads Guilty to Aggravated Assault


Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced that on February 22, Steven Adams, 23, of Jackson, pled guilty to Aggravated Assault in connection with an incident that occurred in Seaside Park on November 15, 2021. 

According to Prosecutor Billhimer, on November 15, 2021, at approximately 7:00 p.m., Officers from the Seaside Park Police Department were dispatched to the Desert Palm Inn for a report of an injured male who had fallen from a balcony. 

Prosecutor Billhimer said the responding Officers found Chad Atwood, 42, of Seaside Park, lying on the pavement. 

According to Prosecutor Billhimer, it was apparent that Mr. Atwood was suffering from serious injuries, and he was airlifted to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune for treatment of those injuries.

An investigation conducted by the Seaside Park Police Department determined that Adams and Mr. Atwood - both guests at the Desert Palm Inn - were involved in an altercation in the parking lot of the establishment. 

According to the investigation, the altercation then proceeded to the second-floor balcony. Adams charged at Mr. Atwood, pushing him over the railing of the balcony and causing him to fall to the ground below. 

According to Prosecutor Billhimer, Adams was taken into custody and transported to the Ocean County Jail, where he has remained lodged since November 15, 2021.