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Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer and Toms River Township Police Chief Mitchell Little have announced that on March 3, 2021, Carles Bryant, 34, of Millville, New Jersey, was charged with Attempted Murder in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:5-1a(1) and N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3a(1); Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4d; Unlawful Possession of a Weapon in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5d; and Contempt in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:29-9a, relative to an incident which occurred during the evening hours of March 3, 2021, resulting in serious bodily injuries to a female victim.

On March 3, 2021, at approximately 10:30 p.m., Toms River Township Police responded to a 9-1-1 call to the Howard Johnson Hotel on Hooper Avenue in reference to a physical altercation taking place in the lobby of the Hotel involving a male and a female.  When responding Officers arrived they found a female victim – unresponsive with multiple apparent stab wounds to the head, face, and body.  The female was transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, where she is listed in stable but critical condition. An investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit and Toms River Township Police Department Detective Bureau has resulted in Bryant being identified as the assailant responsible for female’s injuries.

“Bryant is encouraged to turn himself in, a warrant has been issued for his arrest, and his name has been placed in the National Crime Information Center database.  Anyone with information concerning Bryant’s whereabouts – or any information at all regarding this investigation – is urged to contact Detective Denis Mitchell of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office at 732-929-2027, or Detective Ryan Quinn of the Toms River Township Police Department at 732-349-0150,” Prosecutor Billhimer stated.

Prosecutor Billhimer and Chief Little acknowledge the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime Unit, Toms River Township Police Department Detective Bureau, Toms River Township Police Department, and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, for their collective efforts in connection with this investigation.

The public and media are reminded that all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.