Brick Police Make Arrests for Assaults, Weapons
Brick cops also advising residents to look out for looters
Brick police have arrested two township residents in two separate assault incidents.
Both incidents occurred Thursday, according to Brick Police Sgt. Keith Reinhard.
In the first incident, a call came into police at about 2:30 p.m. that a man had been pepper sprayed. The investigation found that a township man, determined to be Justin McLaughlin, 18 of Meadow Point Drive, was driving around the resident-restricted area on Monterey Drive when he was confronted by two residents.
An altercation ensued, during which time police say McLaughlin pepper sprayed one of the residents.
McLaughlin was eventually stopped by members of the Pioneer Hose Fire Department on Pilot Drive and turned over to police. He was charged with aggravated assault and released on a summons.
The second arrest came at 11:30 p.m. Thursday. after police received a report of a stabbing in the area of Burton Parkway and McKay Drive. When they arrived, police units found a 15-year-old male juvenile who had been stabbed on his inner right arm.
An investigation revealed that the victim had been at a party being held on Pinehurst Road, at which a 17-year-old male juvenile had been acting in a disorderly fashion and asked to leave.
Police said the 17-year-old left, but then kept calling one of the occupants on his cell phone, harassing him and asking him to fight.
Several people from the party then went to the suspect’s home on McKay Drive, at which time the suspect came out of his house with a knife and attacked the crowd of people, injuring the victim.
The suspect was ultimately placed under arrest and charged with aggravated assault and weapons charges, Reinhard said. He was released to the custody of his parents.
The victim was treated at Ocean Medical Center for minor wounds that were not considered life-threatening.
Reinhard said the police department is advising all residents to call police with any suspicious persons in their neighborhoods who they believe are possibly looting or committing a crime.
"We are also advising residents not take matters into their own hands or any type of vigilantism. Call the police, we will respond," said Reinhard.