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Toms River Stabbing Suspect Arrested in Florida

Steven Rosado apprehended by Orange County Sheriff's Office

A Lakewood man wanted for murder in Toms River was apprehended Monday in Florida.

Steven Rosado, 20, was charged Sunday with murder by the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office.

According to records at the Orange County Incarcerations Department in Florida, Rosado was arrested 2:20 p.m. July 2 by the Orange County Sheriffs Department.

He was arrested on a fugitive warrant, with the original charge being Criminal Homicide With a Knife, out of Ocean County.

Prosecutor Marlene Lynch Ford said an investigation found "probable cause" that in the Briar Knolls apartment complex parking lot.

Copes, 24, of Lakewood, later died from his injuries after friends transported him to Community Medical Center, 1:30 a.m. Saturday, police said.

Ford said Sunday that police believe Copes was stabbed after getting into a fight with Rosado.

"As a result of that investigation, we determined that Rosado was involved in a fight with the victim and that we believe probable cause has been established to implicate Rosado in connection with the crime,” Ford said in a prepared statement released Sunday.

Ocean County Judge James N. Blaney set Rosado's bail at $750,000 with no 10 percent option on Sunday.

Ocean County Executive Assistant Prosecutor Michel Paulhus said yesterday the investigation into the stabbing, as well as a shooting on Gilford Avenue an hour prior, was open and continuing.

grace July 06, 2012 at 01:40 PM
and they are running the criminals out of town so they head south to toms river...omg gilford ave? getting way to close for me!
grace July 06, 2012 at 01:42 PM
agree sometimes the commenting is just down right silly...wonder about the monitoring
faithlovepeace July 08, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Rest in Peace Kevin, and may the Lord bring peace to the families that were involved in this incident. It's a shame that people would sit in front of the computers talking about others when it is truly a time of pain, suffering, and sorrow for the families.
PositiveMind July 09, 2012 at 01:32 AM
This is said that grown people behind a computer has so much to say. Remember when you assume you make an ass out of yourself. It's sad that the young generation is killing dying at a young age because their killing one another. Instead of being in the streets they need to do something more productive with themselves and give back to the community. People who says ignorant comments are in fact ignorant themselves and their no better then the next person. Act like you have common sense and get your act together. It is a shame that us young generation are dropping like flies and we're lucky now a days to even make it to 30 years of age. Sad but so true.
Keyona July 11, 2012 at 07:44 PM
i knew him personally. he was a good man and didnt deserve this AT ALL.

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