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UPDATE: NJ Man Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter of Seaside Heights Resident

Ocean County

By: Najla Alexander 

Authorities in Ocean County announced that on June 10, Anthony Collins, 41, of Seaside Heights, pled guilty to Manslaughter before the Honorable Guy P. Ryan, P.J.Cr.P., in connection with the death of Robert May, 70, of Seaside Heights, on October 1, 2023, in the Borough of Seaside Heights.AdOcean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer said at the time of his sentencing on August 9, 2024, the State will be seeking a term of three years New Jersey State Prison, subject to the terms of the No Early Release Act.

Officials stated that on September 18, 2023, at approximately 4:00 p.m., officers from the Seaside Heights Police Department responded to the area of Central Avenue and Sumner Avenue for a report of a fall victim.

Responding Officers found a male victim - later identified as Robert May - lying on the ground next to his bicycle, officials say, and Mr. May was observed to be bleeding from a laceration to his head.

Officials said Mr. May was initially treated at the scene and refused further medical assistance; he thereafter left the area and returned to his residence.

According to officials, a subsequent investigation by the Seaside Heights Police Department revealed that Mr. May was assaulted by another individual, which caused him to fall off his bicycle and strike his head on the pavement.

Authorities say on September 18, 2023, at approximately 5:00 p.m., the Seaside Heights Police Department received information that Mr. May had been acting erratically subsequent to his fall, resulting in him being transported by the Tri-Boro First Aid Squad from his home to Community Medical Center in Toms River.

Mr. May’s condition continued to deteriorate, and he was subsequently transferred to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, and on October 1, 2023, Mr. May succumbed to his injuries, officials said. 


A post-mortem examination conducted on that date by the Ocean County Medical Examiner’s Office determined the cause of Mr. May’s death to be blunt force injury resulting from the assault that occurred in Seaside Heights on September 18, 2023, and the manner of his death to be a homicide, officials say. AdOfficials stated that a continuing investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit and Seaside Heights Police Department determined that Collins was, in fact, the individual who assaulted Mr. May on September 18th, ultimately resulting in his death.

A warrant for Collins' arrest was issued on October 4, 2023, and his name was entered into the National Crime Information Center database, according to officials. 

Authorities say that on October 15, 2023, Collins surrendered himself at Seaside Heights Police Department Headquarters.

He was transported to the Ocean County Jail, where he has been lodged since that date, officials said.