Ocean County officials announced that on July 5, Mr. Raziel Mancebo, 27, of Scotch Plains, was charged with Aggravated Assault and Simple Assault, in connection with an incident that occurred in Toms River on July 4.
Officials said on July 4, at approximately 9:15 p.m., the Toms River Township Police were summoned to the area of Cattus Island Boulevard and Hazelwood Road for a report of an unconscious male in the roadway.
Police said responding Toms River Officers found Mr. Alan Stever, 56, of Toms River, with an apparent head injury.
Mr. Stever was airlifted to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune where he is currently listed in serious but stable condition.
An investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit and the Toms River Township Police Detective Bureau revealed that a black BMW was traveling northbound on Hazelwood Road at a high rate of speed.
The vehicle approached the cross street of Hazelwood Road and Cattus Island Boulevard and stopped at the stop sign.
“At this point, a resident of the neighborhood, Mr. Jason Durante, 50, of Toms River, approached the BMW.
The driver of the BMW and Mr. Durante exchanged words and eventually became involved in a physical altercation.
The driver of the BMW also became involved in a physical altercation with Alan Stever, striking him. Mr. Stever fell to the ground and struck his head on the pavement.
The driver of the BMW then got back into his vehicle and traveled eastbound on Cattus Island Boulevard. Extensive further investigation revealed that Mancebo was the driver of the BMW and was responsible for striking both Mr. Durante and Mr. Stever.
Police said on July 7, Mancebo surrendered himself to the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office. Mancebo was processed and charged at the Toms River Police Department and transported to the Ocean County Jail.
Mancebo will remain in the Ocean County Jail pending a detention hearing.