UPDATE: Three Injured in Two Separate Stabbing Incidents in Brick

Update 2:30 p.m.:
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.

Police said the two incidents are not related.

Heine told the APP that Detectives Thomas CooneyGreg 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.

Jack December 13, 2013 at 10:26 AM
PB - I don't want my name associated with that comment you just made. Thanks but no thanks.
Bricktown Lew December 13, 2013 at 10:43 AM
Like I've said in other posts, this area was never as safe as it was hyped up to be. Unfortunately, many people like myself didn't find out until it was too late and we have been living here. Politics will go only so far. I say we channel our strengths by helping to protect our families and neighbors. We definitely will need to be more proactive. I've also said in other posts about starting neighborhood watches in our neighborhoods. However, many have ripped into the watch idea like I was suggesting they sacrifice a pet! Here's the thing, as an emergency services volunteer, I've seen both sides. If you are a regular person calling the cops often, they will get tired of you. If you call the police as a part of a neighborhood watch, then respond promptly. That's because the watch groups are a program of the local police/sheriff and assigned an officer as a liaison. So if you are living in an area where you and your neighbors are very concerned, then it's time to get together and call the community policing officer...or you can do nothing and hope for the best.
Next Brick Mayor December 13, 2013 at 10:49 AM
I feel as a community, not just your neighborhood, we should look out for each other. We are humans, lets act like it. When you go to the store keep your eye out for the shady looking person, I am not saying approach them, but be aware of your surroundings for yourself and others. I like to believe that there are more good people in this community than there are scum bags. So the next time your out, keep in mind we need to look out for each other, the cops can't be everywhere!
Mike M December 13, 2013 at 11:58 AM
I like the idea of neighborhood watches; it would help in most of the residential areas where there is actually a "neighborhood." It would probably help in keeping some of the remaining relatively quiet neighborhoods safe. Still wouldn't help the areas that need it the most. As an aside, the trashing of the hassidic community is ridiculous. There may be unique problems associated with having a concentrated hassidic community in Brick, such as student transportation and private schools, but crime isn't one to concentrate on.
Bricktown Lew December 13, 2013 at 12:32 PM
@Mike, about the residential areas that do not have neighborhoods, I think you mean apartment complexes, right? Well, if that's what you mean, I can understand that angle. Unfortunately, mixed with good, upstanding people, there is a criminal element in 2 major complexes in Brick. We know them simply as Waterside and Maple Leaf. For those who live in complexes, they would have to take it upon themselves to locate fellow residents in their building/wing who want to start a watch and take it from there. It could be bit harder than a neighborhood, but very possible to accomplish. As for the Jewish part, I agree. Trashing a culture is not fair when it comes to crime on our level.
Bricktown Lew December 13, 2013 at 01:05 PM
@Next Brick Mayor, I totally agree! We should all be looking out for each other and we should all take an interest in each other. If anything, on our street or building. Mathematically, we do have an advantage over the criminal element. We just have to show it. Yes, the police cannot be everywhere. That's why people must be proactive. Keep in mind even if there has been a crime on your street, your neighbors are not criminals, and say that a watch is a great idea, that doesn't mean that they will be a part of it. That may be the last time you hear from them. However, those that don't participate will not get police reports, news, tips, priority, and will not be included in watch activity and protection. That would be their choice.
J.JONES December 13, 2013 at 01:26 PM
I think the only way to stop the crime in the above complexes is to put sub stations in complexes ?? But the budget will not let that happen so more cops can solve this crime in our town ..Lets see what the new Mayor and council to come Jan.2014 they have there hands filled and I believe they will be over there heads and fail this town ..
J.JONES December 13, 2013 at 01:28 PM
Crime is getting much worse in this safest town lol..those stats are long gone ..
Bricktown Lew December 13, 2013 at 02:00 PM
@Brickyoung: When I lived up north, there was a large complex in the town where I worked. This complex, due to its location, was a target for crime. As a result, they put a police substation. Down here, in this day and age, there is some illusion that not having enough police meanwhile promoting Brick as "the safest town" is going to solve the problem. You are right, those stats are gone and were never accurate to begin with...to our dissatisfaction!
Kitchen Craftsman December 13, 2013 at 02:51 PM
Hey dummies the jews buy these houses and rent them to dirt bags that do these stabbings and other crimes for the most part. Then once the own everything the kick the renters out. The did it in Lakewood. FACT !!!!!!!!
Ryan Meyers December 13, 2013 at 02:55 PM
Personal responsibility has left us people. When that returns, if ever, then things will change. Blame someone else for our shortcomings, isn't that the way now ? We're in a downward spiral and sinking fast. Those World War II & Korean veterans must be rolling over in their graves.
WMS826 December 13, 2013 at 03:10 PM
Mayor Ducey has his hands full his first few months to clean up this failed administrations years of neglect. By April if no changes then time to call the realtor. The Hassidics are coming to either Howell or Jackson and maybe here. They neeed raw land to develop. They are a big problem here with the rentals and this can be easily fixed when someone cares enough to do it.
Catherine Galioto (Editor) December 13, 2013 at 03:22 PM
There is an update to the original post, with more details on the incidents from Sgt. Drew up now.
Jack December 13, 2013 at 03:28 PM
How does one stab a woman in the neck and NOT get charged with attempted murder?
Kitchen Craftsman December 13, 2013 at 04:38 PM
Oh by the way, I would like to thank BPD for a great job in apprehending the suspect in the female stabbing in a short amount of time. A domestic crime with a knife involved and a actual stabbing can go bad quick.
Concerned Citizen December 13, 2013 at 05:47 PM
The Hasidics have everything to do with the recent spike in crime. As Kitchen Craftsman has stated about them buying homes and renting to Section 8 dirtbags is true. It did happen in Lakewood and is called "Block-Busting"!!! It's happening where I live. I have dirtbag neighbors and guess who owns the home....you guessed it....Hasidics!!!
WMS826 December 13, 2013 at 05:55 PM
The arrested party is a husband or spouse...of course they will know who did it. Now find the ones from the park and lock them up.
Kitchen Craftsman December 13, 2013 at 06:46 PM
WMS826 I don't care that arrested party was her husband or spose. A person who just stabbed somebody and has a knife to me is quite dangerous. The cops put themselves in danger when affecting an arrest on a armed person.
WMS826 December 13, 2013 at 08:26 PM
No..I would say the stabber is in great danger of being shot if makes a wrong move when surrendering...Just saying...
dsureknock December 13, 2013 at 10:21 PM
Why isn't there anything the town government can do to stop sect 8 housing??? It seems to be the root of all the crime in town, I feel like Must be the only person noticing this?????
BrickAmericanMan December 13, 2013 at 11:47 PM
the crime out of maple leaf is directly related to lakewood. They buy property then rent to section 8 to deliberately ruin the surrounding area so they can buy more on the cheap. They do not pay tax's , they have 10 kids, are all on assistance programs, and there goal is to spread into brick. I bet next year there will be one on the police force just like lakewood. He will become chief in 10 years and then we are in for it. LETS TAKE BRICK BACK. If we can organize like the jews can we could reverse this.
none of yobusiness December 13, 2013 at 11:55 PM
These animals cant help themselves acting like they do, its their primitive nature. Interested in solving the problem, then the police should be on the jungle animals like stink on you know what. Make life uncomfortable and they will move to so other towns. Or we can sit around do nothing and turn into another Newark.
WMS826 December 14, 2013 at 10:35 AM
Try telling the Brick cops this...they either do not care or are prevented from doing so by their management. I bet a million dollars Wall cops would be having a field day with these people.
Bricktown Lew December 14, 2013 at 10:48 AM
@None of yobusiness, making life uncomfortable is what neighborhood watches are all about. Criminals do not like to be uncomfortable...in other words, they do not like to be watched. Knowing that there is an organized group of people looking out for trouble is the reason why crime levels drop in high crime areas with watches. As as for the scummy landlords that rent out places to lowlife, watches can play a part in that too. If the lowlife tenants are watched and by chance jailed, that's not great for the landlords who eventually lose the tenants...and money. They would have to think twice about who the next tenants are unless they want to repeat the process and lose tenants, right?
Bricktown Lew December 14, 2013 at 11:28 AM
Just for the record: www.usaonthewatch.org
Allnact December 14, 2013 at 01:01 PM
I've been a resident in the township for less than 9 years and I can tell you I have a seen a downward turn in the quality of life here. I agree with alot of you in the fact folks on the lower end of society have been afforded the opportunity to make inroads into our community via the majority of Lakewood property owners fattening their bank accounts at our neighborhoods' expense renting to low lives. Perhaps Brick council members should scrutinize these properties and owners more closely through Code enforcement and NJ Div. of Taxation.
WMS826 December 14, 2013 at 04:08 PM
There are plenty of legal ways for the town to fight back.....this administration chooses not to....perhaps they are making money from the VAAD or renting these condos out themselves.
Tapuout December 15, 2013 at 04:04 PM
Wms if you so much about being a cop why weren't you one? I think I know the answer starts with a p ends in a why. If you know so much about politics and the law why don't you run for public office and change things? Easy answer your a Monday-morning quarterback with an insignificant life where no one listens to you that's why you rely on a public forum, your a small person with a small mind who is a foremost authority on absolutely nothing. You spew nonsense every time you post on here and show your ignorance of the law, police work and how the wheels turn so for everyone on here that knows how insignificant You are STFUP and get a life soap box hero
WMS826 December 15, 2013 at 08:28 PM
Lol tap out...one of Brick,s finest telling us we need to accept mediocre service or move out. There is no chance for improvement or no one saying we can do better. Some towns have these problems and others do not...why is that Tappy...because they are lead and managed better. Do you truly believe the machines of Brick politics will let someone run and win who is not part of them. Let's ask Joe lamb that question. You have no idea what I do for work or my background so please do not embarrass yourselves further.
btm3 December 16, 2013 at 11:25 AM
some of these comments are quite upsetting. criminals will get weapons illegally, regardless of our countries laws. What happened to these 2 young men is horrible. If the stabber had a gun it would have been much worse. Regardless of the weather and being in a park, the victims are just that, victims. Everyone can comment about why they were there, and the need for schools to educate on drugs and such. But the fact is most of these kids are genuinely good, you raise them and teach them right. Yes, while they are still young you can try to control who they are with and what they are doing. But when they get older you just hope and pray that when they walk out that door the foundation you helped build for them will get them through life and keep them safe. When they walk out that door its a crap shoot. You really dont know what will happen. No parent deserves the heart wrenching call that these 2 young men were stabbed. Neighborhood watches are a good idea. However, sadly, I dont see a realistic solution that will happen to stop the violence and drug use that has been escalating here in brick. Drugs have become dirt cheap, and weapons can be easily obtained illegally.


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