Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer and Brick Township Chief of Police James Riccio announced that on July 26, Michael Stallworth, 37, of Seaside Heights, was charged with Attempted Murder, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon relative to a stabbing incident that occurred in Brick Township on July 26.
According to Prosecutor Billhimer, on July 26, at approximately 4:00 p.m., Officers of the Brick Township Police Department responded to the parking lot of the ShopRite on Route 70 in Brick in response to a male victim having been stabbed in the parking lot.
Prosecutor Billhimer said that the responding officers found a 44-year-old male victim with apparent stab wounds to his back.
The victim was transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune for treatment of his injuries, where he is reported to be in critical but stable condition.
The investigation has resulted in Stallworth being identified as the individual who stabbed the victim and caused his injuries. Stallworth has not yet been apprehended and is presently considered a fugitive from justice.
The investigation further revealed that Kareem Reeves, 32, of Lakewood, removed Stallworth’s vehicle from the ShopRite parking lot after the stabbing in an apparent effort to hinder Stallworth’s apprehension.
As such, Reeves was charged with Hindering he was arrested and transported to the Ocean County Jail, where he is currently lodged pending a detention hearing.
“Stallworth is encouraged to turn himself in; a warrant has been issued for his arrest and his name has been entered in the National Crime Information Center database," Prosecutor Billhimer said.
"Anyone with information concerning Stallworth’s whereabouts – or any information at all regarding this investigation - is urged to contact Detective Lindsay Woodfield of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office at 732-929-2027, extension 3989, or Detective Michael Bennett of the Brick Township Police Department at 732-262-1122.”