Ocean County authorities announced that on May 1, Mr. Gerardo Ruiz, 50, of Seaside Heights, was charged with Murder, relative to the death of Ms. Alecia Perreault, 29, of Seaside Heights.
Police said at approximately 7:30 a.m., Seaside Heights Police received a telephone call from an individual claiming to have knowledge that Ruiz killed a female at the Offshore Motel in Seaside Heights.
According to police, the caller further advised that Ruiz was staying at the Surfside Motel in Seaside Heights.
Officers responded to a room at the Offshore Motel, where they located the body of Ms. Perreault with apparent wounds to her neck; Ms. Perreault was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Officers subsequently responded to Ruiz’s room at the Surfside Motel and discovered that he had experienced an apparent drug overdose.
Police say Ruiz is currently in the protective custody of the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office at a medical facility.
Ruiz is currently listed in serious but stable condition.
An investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, Ocean County Sheriff’s Office and Seaside Heights Police Department Detective Bureau determined that Ruiz is the individual responsible for Ms. Perreault’s death.
“The Ocean County Medical Examiner has preliminarily determined this to be a homicide but the cause and manner are currently pending further testing,” Prosecutor Billhimer said.
Prosecutor Billhimer acknowledges the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Vitim Witness Advocacy Unit, Seaside Heights Police Department Detective Bureau, and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, for their cooperative assistance in connection with this investigation.