Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer and Little Egg Harbor Township Chief of Police James Hawkins announced that on September 9, 2023, Christopher Miller, 36, of Paterson, New Jersey, was charged with Attempted Murder, Robbery, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, all in connection with an incident that occurred in Little Egg Harbor Township on September 9, 2023. Marc Manfredonia, 32, of Little Egg Harbor, was also charged with Attempted Murder and Robbery in connection with the same incident.
On September 9, 2023, at approximately 4:30 a.m., Officers from the Little Egg Harbor Township Police Department were summoned to a residence on East Hudson Drive for a report of gunshots having been fired. Responding Officers discovered a 36 year-old male victim who had sustained multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Pomona, New Jersey, for treatment of his injuries. He is presently listed in stable condition.
An investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, Little Egg Harbor Township Police Department Detective Bureau, and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, revealed that in the early morning hours of September 9, 2023, the victim visited Miller and Manfredonia – both of whom he was acquainted with – at the East Hudson Drive residence where they were staying. A short time later, Miller and Manfredonia physically forced the victim out of the residence and demanded money from him. Miller brandished a handgun, and informed the victim he would shoot him if he did not transfer money through a mobile cash application. The victim effectuated two transactions to Miller and Manfredonia through the cash application. Miller and Manfredonia then demanded more money from the victim. The victim refused and a physical altercation ensued. Miller then fired four gunshots, striking the victim in the leg, groin and ear. Manfredonia and Miller continued to physically assault the victim before retreating to the inside of the residence. The victim thereafter ran to a nearby home and called the police.
Miller and Manfredonia were taken into custody without incident at the subject residence and transported to the Ocean County Jail, where they are currently lodged pending a detention hearing.
Prosecutor Billhimer and Chief Hawkins acknowledge the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, Little Egg Harbor Township Police Department, Little Egg Harbor Township Police Department Detective Bureau, Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, and Mystic Island Volunteer Fire Department, for their combined and collective assistance in connection with this investigation.
The charges referenced above are merely accusations and the press and public are reminded that all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.