Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced today that Maleek Dorsey, age 27, of Lakewood was arrested and charged with two counts of Attempted Murder in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:5-1a(1) and N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3a(1); Unlawful Possession of a Weapon in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4a(1); and Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5b(1). Dorsey was arrested last night.
On December 29, 2019, Jackson Township Police responded to Jackson Crossing Plaza in regard to multiple 911 calls for gunshots being fired. As Jackson Township Police were securing the scene, they received a telephone call from the Lakewood Township Police Department advising them that two males were just admitted to Monmouth Medical Southern Campus Hospital in Lakewood with apparent gunshot wounds. The two involved parties were transported to Robert Wood Johnson Memorial Hospital, where they remain in stable condition. An investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit and Jackson Township Police Detective Bureau, identified Dorsey as a participant in the shooting. On December 30, 2019, a search warrant was executed for a residence in Lakewood by the Lakewood Township SWAT Team, where Dorsey was apprehended. Dorsey was processed and transported to the Ocean County Jail where he is currently lodged pending a detention hearing.
“This is investigation is far from over. Anyone that wishes to come forward with more information should contact Detective Brant Uricks of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office at 732-929-2027. This remains an active and ongoing investigation,” Prosecutor Billhimer stated.
Prosecutor Billhimer would like to thank the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force, Jackson Township Police Department, Jackson Township Detective Bureau, Lakewood Township Police Department, Lakewood Township SWAT Team, Ocean County Sheriff’s Office, Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit for their collaborative efforts in this part of the investigation.
The press and public are reminded that all defendants are considered innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.