A fatal stabbing occurred in Lakewood Saturday at approximately 8 p.m., according to Ocean County Prosecutor Marlene Lynch Ford.
Lakewood police officers were dispatched to the municipal parking lot on Second Street after receiving a report about an assault victim who needed medical assistance, Ford said.
"Upon arrival, Lakewood officers discovered Luis Tochihuitl, 18, lying on the ground near the west entrance to the parking lot suffering from a stab wound to his chest. Tochihuitl was transported to Kimball Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead," Ford said.
Law enforcement officers from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, the Lakewood Police Department and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Criminalistics Investigation Unit immediately began to investigate, according to Ford.
"Witness interviews revealed that a Hispanic male known to call himself 'El Cholito' was involved in the altercation that resulted in the stabbing death of Tochihuitl. Investigators have been unable to locate El Cholito," Ford said.
The investigation is continuing. Anyone who has any information about this case is asked to call Detective Sergeant Carlos TrujilloTovar of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 929-2027 or Officer Joseph Gregg of the Lakewood Police Department at (732) 363-0200.