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NJ Man Sentenced for Attempted Murder at Toms River Howard Johnson Hotel

Ocean County

By:Yuritza Arroyo

Ocean County authorities have sentenced a man to state prison for an attempted murder that occurred in 2021.

According to Ocean County officials, on December 1, Carles Bryant, 36, of Millville, was sentenced to 15 years New Jersey State Prison as a result of his previously entered guilty plea to Attempted Murder, in connection with an incident that occurred at the Howard Johnson Hotel in Toms River on March 3, 2021.

Officials say, Bryant will be required to serve at least 85 percent of his prison sentence before he may be considered for parole eligibility as part of the No Early Release Act which his sentence is subject to.

Bryant pled guilty on September 1, 2021.

According to Toms River Police, on March 3, 2021, at approximately 10:30 p.m., officers responded to the Howard Johnson Hotel on Hooper Avenue in reference to a 911 call regarding a physical altercation in the lobby of the hotel involving a male and a female.

 Police say, when responding Officers arrived, they found a female victim - unresponsive with multiple apparent stab wounds to the head, face, and body.

The female was transported to a local hospital, where she was treated for her injuries and eventually released.

Officials say, an investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit and Toms River Township Police Department Detective Bureau resulted in Bryant being identified as the assailant responsible for the victim’s injuries. 

On March 4, 2021, a warrant was issued for Bryant’s arrest.  On March 19, 2021, Bryant was taken into custody in Atlantic City by the United States Marshals Service without incident.

He has been lodged in the Ocean County Jail since his apprehension.