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UPDATE: Charges Upgraded to Murder for Violent Toms River Stabbing

By rlsmetro on
Toms River

Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced that Mr. Angelo Grenci, 44, of Berkeley Township, has been charged with murder in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3a(1), in connection with the death of Carlton Williams, 50, of Seaside Heights.

Ocean County Authorities said during the evening hours of November 14, officers from the Toms River Township Police Department and Berkeley Township Police Department responded to Community Medical Center in Toms River relative to a report of a male victim having been stabbed.

According to officials, responding officers found Mr. Carlton Williams with an apparent stab wound to his neck. Mr. Williams was subsequently flown to Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center in New Brunswick, where he ultimately succumbed to his injuries on November 21, 2020.

Offcials said the Ocean County Medical Examiner performed a post mortem examination on November 22nd. The Medical Examiner determined the cause of Mr. Williams’s death to be an anoxic brain injury, secondary to massive bleed from a stab to the neck, and the manner of death to be a homicide.

An investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime Unit, Berkeley Township Police Department Detective Bureau, and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit determined that Grenci stabbed Mr. Williams in the neck during an altercation that occurred in the area of Magnolia Avenue in the Manitou Park section of Berkeley Township at approximately 7:00 p.m.

According to Ocean County officials, on November 16, Detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime Unit, Ocean County Regional SWAT Team, and Berkeley Township Police Department Detective Bureau executed a court-authorized search warrant at Grenci’s residence in Berkeley Township. Grenci was taken into custody and was initially charged with Attempted Murder.

That charge was amended to Murder after Mr. Williams succumbed to the injuries inflicted upon him by Grenci. Grenci has been lodged in the Ocean County Jail since his apprehension, where he remains pending a detention hearing.

“Fortunately, this appalling and senseless crime was solved expeditiously as a result of the hard work and dogged determination of all the Officers and Detectives involved in this investigation,” Prosecutor Billhimer stated.

“Through their combined efforts, a perilous person has been removed from the streets of Ocean County. We will now turn our focus to ensuring that justice is accomplished for Mr. Williams and his family,” Prosecutor Billhimer concluded.