Two individuals were stabbed in a dispute in a Bernard Cooke Park, with a suspect still on the loose, Brick Police said.
It was one of two stabbing incidents in Brick Township Thursday night, where an unrelated stabbing was a domestic dispute in a Hooper Avenue home. In that case a woman was injured and a 36 year-old Brick man was arrested.
In the Cooke Park incident, police were called to Ocean Medical Center after two men sought treatment for multiple stab wounds, said Brick Sgt. Henry Drew.
"One of the victims had stab wounds to his upper left thigh, and his right bicep. The other victim suffered stab wounds to his chest," Drew said in a prepared release. "The victims reported that they had been stabbed during an altercation at Bernard J. Cooke Park which is located on Burnt Tavern Road in Brick."
Police units were dispatched to the park to investigate but the suspect had already fled, Drew said.
In another incident less than 20 minutes later, a Hooper Avenue woman reported she was stabbed. Drew said the stabbing was a domestic dispute and unrelated to the other stabbing.
Around 9:30 p.m., police were called after the woman fled the home, running to the Walgreens on Drum Point Road, suffering stab wounds to her arm and neck.
Officer arrested Alex Morales Sr., 36, of Hooper Avenue, and he was charged with, Aggravated Assault, Terroristic Threats, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, and Possession of a Weapon. Morales was transported to Ocean County jail.
The complete police report from Sgt. Drew:
During the evening of December 12, 2013, officers of the Brick Township Police Department responded to two separate stabbing incidents during a 20 minute time period. During the first incident, officers were summoned to the Ocean Medical Center in reference to two adult male subjects who had been driven to the facility suffering from multiple stab wounds. One of the victims had stab wounds to his upper left thigh, and his right bicep. The other victim suffered stab wounds to his chest. The victims reported that they had been stabbed during an altercation at Bernard J. Cooke Park which is located on Burnt Tavern Road in Brick. Officers were immediately dispatched to the park where they located the crime scene and searched for the suspect with negative results. The Ocean County Sheriff’s Department’s Criminal Investigation Unit also responded to assist in the investigation. Detective’s Thomas Cooney, Greg Mullarkey, and Michael Feeney of the Brick Police Detective Bureau are investigating this incident. Anyone who may have information regarding the stabbing can contact Detective Cooney at 732-262-4708, Mullarkey at 732-262-1122 or Feeney at 732-262-4611. They may also contact the Detective Bureau directly at 732-262-1120.The second incident occurred at a residence located in the 2000 block of Hooper Ave. This incident was a result of a domestic dispute. During an altercation at the residence, the female victim was stabbed which caused a laceration to her arm and neck. The victim fled the residence and ran to the Walgreens located at the intersection of Hooper and Drum Point Road in Brick, where the police were notified. Upon checking the residence, and after further investigation, officers arrested Alex Morales Sr ( White male, 36 years old, Hooper Ave, Brick Township). Morales was transported to Brick Police Headquarters, where he was charged with, Aggravated Assault, Terroristic Threats, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, and Possession of a Weapon. Bail was set by the Honorable Judge Robert Lepore at $20,000.00 with no option to post ten percent. Morales was transported to the Ocean County Jail. Anyone who may have additional information in reference to this incident can contact Detective Timothy Mc Carthy at 732-262-1169 or Detective Mark Byrne at 732-262-1117. They may also contact the detective bureau directly at 732-262-1120.
Brick Police responded to two separate stabbing calls Thursday night, with three people injured in the incidents.
The first stabbing occurred at Bernard J. Cooke Memorial Park off Burnt Tavern Road, according to the Asbury Park Press. Police learned about the incident at 8:45 p.m., according to police Sgt. Robert Heine, a spokesman for the township department.
In the Bernie Cook Park stabbing, police received word that two stabbing victims were at the hospital. About ten minutes later, a second call came in from a stabbing victim herself, in what police said was an unrelated incident.
At 9 p.m., another stabbing was called in by a victim from a Hooper Avenue home. The victim made her way to a nearby drug store to get help and call police, Heine told the APP.
Heine told the APP that Detectives Thomas Cooney, Greg Mullarkey and Michael Feeney were investigating the park stabbing
Detectives Timothy McCarthy and Mark Byrne are investigating the Hooper Avenue incident, he said.
Patch has reached out to Brick Police for further details and will update this article as more information becomes available.