U.S. Marshals officials said on October 18, at 10:30 a.m., investigators from the New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force (NYNJ-RFTF), working with embedded personnel from the Asbury Park Police Department, located and arrested Mr. Philip Gross in Asbury Park after he was observed riding an electric scooter on Atkins Avenue.
According to officials, Gross, 35, had been wanted by authorities in Monmouth County since August 2022 for the robbery and stabbing of a male victim in Asbury Park.
U.S. Marshals said Gross allegedly sprayed the victim in his eyes with Lysol and then stabbed him in the chest before robbing him.
The victim sustained severe bodily injury and was transported to Jersey Shore Medical Center.
NYNJ-RFTF and Asbury Park Police, a full-time participant on the NYNJ-RFTF, conducted a comprehensive investigation and were eventually able to locate Gross and arrest him without incident.
The investigation remains ongoing.
The U.S. Marshals Service New York/ New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force (NYNJ-RFTF) was founded in 2002 and is tasked with tracking down the worst of the worst violent criminal offenders and elusive fugitives. It is headquartered in Brooklyn, NY and its four New Jersey offices in Newark, Trenton, Camden, and Atlantic City cover the entire state.
The NJ Division of the NYNJ-RFTF comprises investigators from 37 different local, county, state, and federal partner agencies (including Asbury Park PD).
Every state and local investigator operating on the NYNJ-RFTF has been deputized as a Special Deputy US Marshal and has the authority to cross state lines in pursuit of fugitives.
Seven other Regional Fugitive Task Forces are located around the United States, which are led and funded by the U.S. Marshals Service.