Toms River Police said on Friday, at approximately 4:10 PM, multiple police units were dispatched to the area of Route 37 and Route 166 for a robbery in progress involving a handgun.
Upon arrival, officers spoke with the victim, who stated that his vehicle was stolen at gunpoint from the parking lot of 10 Route 37 East.
According to police, the victim further stated that he knew the suspects involved and had agreed to give one of them a ride to Auto Zone after their vehicle had broken down.
Once at Auto Zone, the victim’s acquaintance exited the vehicle and walked towards the store.
The passenger door opened moments later and another male entered the vehicle and brandished a handgun demanding the victim’s belongings.
The victim fled the vehicle and ran to a neighboring lot where notified police.
The suspect exited the parking lot in the victim’s vehicle and continued westbound on Route 37 towards Manchester.
Officials said Manchester Township Police were immediately notified and quickly located the vehicle traveling west on Route 37 near Lakehurst.
Manchester officers stopped the vehicle in the parking lot of 401 Route 70, Lakehurst.
The driver, Devin Copley-Clevenger, 20, of Lumberton, was taken into custody without incident.
A search of the vehicle was then conducted, which yielded a loaded 9mm handgun with a high-capacity magazine.
The Ocean County Sheriff's Department Crime Scene Unit responded to process the vehicle.
Police said Mr. Copley-Clevenger was charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree carjacking, second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon, second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, and fourth-degree unlawful possession of a high-capacity magazine.
The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office approved all charges.
The incident remains under investigation by Detective Seaman.
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