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Toms River Man Accused Of Threatening To "Shoot" Up Chuck E. Cheese In Brick

Bertrick A. Artis (Photo: Ocean County Jail)
Bertrick A. Artis (Photo: Ocean County Jail)

A 44-year-old Toms River man was arrested Thursday after allegedly saying he was going to "shoot" up the Chuck E. Cheese restaurant at Brick Plaza, police said.

Bertrick A. Artis was charged with robbery, while two others, Antinique M. Wright, 21, of  Lakewood and Martez Williams, 22, of Asbury Park were arrested in connection with the incident.

At approximately 7:30 pm, officers responded to the Chuck E Cheese restaurant at 56 Chambers Bridge Rd. for a report of a fight.  Information received by Brick Police dispatch indicated that a gun may be involved, police said.

An investigation on scene revealed that Artis responded to the restaurant and threatened a patron who was attending a party, police said.

Officers received information on scene that Artis had threatened to “shoot the place up," if the victim did not give him his money, police said.

Artis then attempted to stick his hands in the victim’s pocket to remove his money, police said. One of the victim’s family members heard this exchange between Artis and the victim and dialed 911.

Detectives Daniel Waleski and Thomas Cooney arrived on scene to assist with the investigation. Information developed by the detectives identified Wright and Williams as two other subjects that were involved in this incident.

Artis, Wright, and Williams were placed under arrest at the scene and transported to Brick Police Headquarters.

A warrant and bail for Artis was set by the  Judge Wendel E. Daniels at $350,000 with no option to post 10 percent. 

Artis was transported to the Ocean County Jail.  Wright was charged with possession of other Weapons (stun gun) and possession of CDS in a motor vehicle.  Wright was released on a criminal summons. 

Williams was charged with Possession of Marijuana Under 50 Grams and Possession of CDS Paraphernalia.  Williams was released on a criminal summons.  

The investigation is continuing, and anyone with further information is asked to contact Detective Thomas Cooney at 732-262-4708, or Detective Daniel Waleski at 732-262-1170.  They can also contact the Brick Township Police Department directly at 732-262-1100.  

Faheema Artis January 20, 2014 at 04:42 PM
Oh I almost forgot its MLK Day did everyone say HBD and thank him for his Dream! !!
BBW January 20, 2014 at 05:20 PM
Faheema, time to replay "Roots" and Halle Berri's "Queen". By the late and early 1900s many mixed race men and women owe their light color to the rape of their mothers or grandmothers during the slave years. Did you know that some of the bloodiest gangland murders where committed by a gang called the Purple Gang, a nice bunch of Jewish kids who grew up with machine guns. The movie Streets of New York was based on fact. But some some "regular white folks" would never believe we could be so brutal. Nazis were just regular white German people.
WMS826 January 20, 2014 at 05:54 PM
12 years a slave opens the door for retaliation on whites, are you serious.?? Glad we have the second amendment here so as to protect ourselves from a holocaust type event some groups may have in the back of their minds.
WMS826 January 20, 2014 at 06:20 PM
Faheema must be his relative, same last name as the suspect. Google her name, see what public school system she works for. perhaps Rachael could send her children there for some of faheema's hate filled mantra.
RCL67 January 20, 2014 at 06:36 PM
Here's the real problem ( as I see it ). There is a " thug life" mentality in society that is causing the problems. No regard to life, committing crimes, don't care if they go to jail , live or die. How did we get here? I live next door to blacks and I wouldn't trade them for the world! I also live next to immigrants and we ALL get along. Yes, there is good and bad in every culture. There were Germans who were not for Hitler, whites who were against slavery and risked their lives to free slaves, and many other examples of people who saw the wrong in society and tried to stop it. People, we have a real problem. Ocean county has slowly declined over the years and people are just sick and tired of it. How did we go from being one of the safest towns to #6 on the heroin list?
BBW January 20, 2014 at 07:39 PM
@RCL67, town hall to busy puffing themselves up looking for paybacks and forgetting real people. Funny when I moved to Brick in 1999, I heard the term Brick-a-tuky. The town seemed more interested in the beaches, shore area, putting on summer entertainment instead of looking around town and spotting trouble. The mayor is setting up a committee to look into people having stress issues from Sandy..... Duhhhhhhhhh!!!!! Think what could have been done a few years back if the ey opened their eyes and met the real challenges. Instead they stuck their head in the sand. Funny just a few years ago brick voted the safest town. All of a sudden Brick steps into crap just like that and we have problems? Go after the bad guys, black, white, brown, whatever. The Operative term is the "bad guys" not the good guys.
RCL67 January 20, 2014 at 07:57 PM
True BBW. The changes started happening about 10 years ago. Politicians don't care as long as they get their paychecks. I have talked to the Brick Police and they are just as disgusted as we are. So now what do we do? We cant let this get any worse than it already is
Rachel Tomasi January 20, 2014 at 11:01 PM
100% agree...things need to change...wish I knew how but all this hatred (love how the haters accuse others of hating like maybe they'll confuse us lol) isn't helping. Nor are our energies toward trying to teach tolerance to a bunch of faceless ppl using psyeudonyms worth the time. But I do plan to move back where I'm from and not bc of the few dark skinned ppl here at all in fact locally speaking my BFF has interracial kids and ditto one of the kids I'm closest to aside from my own...but bc of all the ppl who think the way others on here do that I can't relate to. They don't think twice to make black jokes or Jew jokes etc and they aren't kidding the terms they use show that. They end up saying sorry but if I knew the house they were raised in etc. So if you can say your family was worse than Archie Bunker you KNOW the difference. This is why I started home schooling...I don't even WANT my kids learning around here. So ppl can think what they want but a group of reasonable ppl need to start neighborhood watch mtgs and brainstorm or maybe a web page..to think on how things done differently might help. From what I've seen when the system finally catches up with those up to no good they are fairly hard on them but it doesn't seem to make a dent in the problem as a whole. So things need switched from the ground up!
TuesdaySunshine January 21, 2014 at 03:23 AM
He looks like a real upstanding citizen.
TuesdaySunshine January 21, 2014 at 03:24 AM
He's a thug plain and simple.
BBW January 21, 2014 at 08:47 AM
Well, the first thing is to do the impossible. Educate people to become more active. Believe it or not Neighbor Hood watches (without the guns thank you and non confrontational) do work. Scary as it might be a few more Cameras in strategic locations agreed upon by the local community. Don't think you could educate someone like WMS826. But a "watch" must be made up of the locals in each area. The police can help set this up. We don't want another Florida around here.
TuesdaySunshine January 21, 2014 at 09:29 AM
Nah no watches... They obviously don't deter anything
BBW January 21, 2014 at 01:15 PM
Watch does not deter, they call police, place report. They need some training so they don't get involved and to be able to give a good report otherwise to many false calls to cops. It can work. No vigilantes needed or wanted.
jerseytomato January 21, 2014 at 03:16 PM
Uh, white folks don't exactly have the market cornered on racism. As for the man in the photo - Martin Luther King himself would have been appalled at his behavior. BTW - did you know that Martin Luther King was a Republican, and so was his father? Did you know that not a single Democrat voted in favor of abolishing slavery?
BBW January 21, 2014 at 04:06 PM
@jerseytomato, Lincoln was a Republican. Once Republicans were Democrats and Democrats were Republicans. You have to know the history of politics. There are whites and blacks who like to keep playing the race card for their own gains. Unfortunately whites own more TV and News medias than blacks and it allows race baiters like Sarah Palin and her kind to get away with their words and actions. I can't blame blacks from getting pissed off. Equality is getting better but mostly in the entertainment business if you understand what I mean.
jerseytomato January 21, 2014 at 04:11 PM
BBW - have you read Forbes list of wealthy folks? How about the country's top paid athletes? Musicians? I'm familiar with the history of politics, and yes, Lincoln was a Republican. I didn't know Sarah Palin was a race baiter. I thought Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson were - and still are.
BBW January 21, 2014 at 04:29 PM
Jerseytomato, for some one who understands our political history and doesn't understand anything about Palin or any other white bigots but seems to know who or what Sharpton and Jackson are I can only say you can sure pick and choose the white way. Get your head out of your.... sand box. Never mind I doubt you could ever learn.
jerseytomato January 21, 2014 at 04:58 PM
BBW - my point is there are bigots in every color, on every corner, in every town across the globe. Because I may not agree with what a person says doesn't necessarily make them a bigot. It's interesting that you claim I 'chose the white way,' yet you don't know what ethnic origin is found in my gene pool. You assume I'm white. Interesting.
grace January 21, 2014 at 05:09 PM
jersey tomatoes are the best!!!
suz January 21, 2014 at 05:18 PM
Interesting jerseytomato...
WMS826 January 21, 2014 at 05:45 PM
Another shooting last night in Toms River. Man arrested in this one at an apartment complex.
suz January 21, 2014 at 07:56 PM
Oh, and the Patch covered that one as well? Oh silly me...they are too busy bashing Christie.
BBW January 21, 2014 at 08:37 PM
Golly oh gosh, if your not white or black or brown or red or yellow you still need to catch up on your history. I would never figure an intelligant black woman would have posted that not a single Democrat voted for abolishing slavery. Most of them were in the south at the time of the civil war.
BBW January 21, 2014 at 08:46 PM
Jtomato, Actually that is not exactly a correct statement. The Democrats and Republicans a mixed bag. You would have to read about it. After the war they became for most part what was known as "Southern Democrats". Sort of dyed in the wool Republicans because of Lincoln. But the history is still the same. You don't know or understand the history. Guess I over simplified for you.
jerseytomato January 21, 2014 at 09:01 PM
BBW - Amazing. You are just a pleather of information. :0
BBW January 21, 2014 at 10:32 PM
@jerseytomato, glad to assist, but I do not like being labeled as synthetic leather (pleather).
grace January 22, 2014 at 09:46 AM
@suz i am smiling at your comment re the patch...
suz January 22, 2014 at 09:49 AM
Grace :)
Gina February 12, 2014 at 07:16 AM
Omg - "Faheema"... Yes you're president is black. But he's also half white. We seem to forget that, I guess u wanna stick to "black power"... Nonetheless - this "black president" of yours has put this country in the worst possible economic state it's been in since I've been alive. I guess he wants his fellow "blacks" to be able to live off the system and indulge in the GOOD life like us working tax paying Americans. If everyone worked, paid their taxes, and stopped living "HOOD LIFE"... This world would be a nicer place to live. I agree, I moved down here from Newark area 20 years ago and now Brick is becoming a scary place.
grace February 12, 2014 at 11:52 AM
hey @ gina that was perfect!

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