Arrests Made In Egg Attacks, Charged With Bias Intimidation And Harassment For Targeting Jewish Community

arrest_by_lpdAs first reported on TLS on Thursday evening, several residents were attacked with eggs by occupants of a white vehicle. Police Chief Rob Lawson has just informed TLS that several arrest have been made in the case and the suspects have been charged with Bias Intimidation and Harassment. The following is the case made against the suspects: ON 05/19/2010, AT APPROXIMATELY 2000 HOURS, REPORTS CAME INTO LAKEWOOD POLICE DEPARTMENT OF ASSAULTS OF PERSONS WALKING ON EAST COUNTY LINE ROAD NEAR PARK AVENUE. OFFICER JUSTIN PEDERSON FURTHER INVESTIGATED THOSE REPORTS AND FOUND FIVE VICTIMS WHO WERE STRUCK BY EGGS FROM PERSONS TRAVELLING PAST THEM IN A WHITE VEHICLE. ASSISTED BY OFFICERS PATRICK KEARNS, OFFICER KEVIN SEUNATH, AND OFFICER ROBERT SHIMONOVICH THEY ACERTAINED THAT A WHITE VEHICLE WITH 3 TO 4 OCCUPANTS WAS RESPONSIBLE AND A NJ REGISTRATION NUMBER WAS OBTAINED AND TRACKED BACK TO AN OCCUPANT OF JACKSON, NJ. WORKING WITH JACKSON PD, TWO OCCUPANTS OF THE SUSPECT VEHICLE WERE FOUND AND RETURNED WITH POLICE TO LAKEWOOD PD.
 
DET. STEVE WEXLER SUBSEQUENTLY OBTAINED INFORMATION IDENTIFYING PARTIAL IDENTITIES OF THE THIRD AND FOURTH SUSPECTS IN THE SUSPECT VEHICLE.
 
DET. WEXLER WORKING WITH THE OCEAN COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT WARRANT DIVISION GAINED THE FULL IDENTITY OF THE THIRD SUSPECT. THE SUSPECTS HAD BEEN ALLEGED TO HAVE TRAVELLED TO A STORE IN BRICK NJ FOR THE PURPOSE OF OBTAINING EGGS TO THROW AT PERSONS OF THE ORTHODOX JEWISH FAITH IN LAKEWOOD, NJ
 
THE INFORMATION AND PHOTOGRAPHS SUPPLIED BY THE OCEAN COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT MATCHED THE VIDEO SURVEILLANCE FOOTAGE SUPPLIED BY THE RETAIL STORE IN BRICK, NJ.
 
AS A RESULT OF THE INVESTIGATION THE FOLLWING PERSONS WERE CHARGED WITH BIAS INTIMIDATION;
 
Stacey Krohn
53 North New Prospect Road,
Jackson, NJ 08527
DOB 12/09/1986     23 YRS OLD
 
Edward A. Kerby Jr.
53 North New Prospect Road,
Jackson, NJ 08527
DOB 05/03/1985     25 YRS OLD
 
AS A FURTHER RESULT OF THE INVESTIGATION THE FOLLOWING PERSON WAS CHARGED WITH BIAS INTIMIDATION AND HARASSMENT WHILE BEING ON PROBATION AUTHORIZED BY THE SUPERIOR COURT OF NJ;
 
Mark L. Johnson
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS
41 FREDERICK DRIVE,
BAYVILLE, NJ
DOB 09/16/1987    AGE 22
 
MR. JOHNSON’S BAIL WAS SET AT $10,000.00 FULL BAIL.
 
ANY FURTHER VICTIMS OR WITNESSES ARE ASKED TO CONTACT DETECTIVE STEVE WEXLER AT THE LAKEWOOD POLICE DEPARTMENT
@ 732-363-0200 EXT 5344
 
 
On Friday May 21, 2010 additional incidents occurred in which eggs were thrown at Orthodox Jewish Residents of Lakewood. These incidents are being investigated and when the suspects are identified, they also will be charged with Bias Intimidation 2C:16-1, a 4th degree crime, punishable by up to 18 months in jail and a $10,000 fine.
 
The vast majority of these crimes are being committed by juveniles and young adults from out of town who think that this kind of activity is a fun thing to do. I view this as a very serious offense, even if the victim is not physically injured, the psychological impact can be profound causing prolonged distress to the victim. Any persons caught harassing any of our residents based upon a person’s race, color, ethnicity, religion, handicap or gender will be prosecuted to the fullest extent possible under the law.

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28 COMMENTS

  1. >>CHARGE THEM TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW!<<

    This is absolutely disgusting. People have lost all respect. Women & Children were hit! (not that men mean less, but im sure you guys know what I mean.)

  2. if i remember correctly, the picture shown above is that of teens getting arrested a couple of months ago while “partying” in a house in the new hamshire area.

  3. charge them to fullest extent of the law.this is how it starts first eggs,then,rocks,baseball bats,then hit and runs,then bullets.we have to stop it when it starts.these guys came from out of town to have some fun,let them go and there will be others!!! we have enough of our own hoodlums.we don’t need lakewood to be a hunting ground!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. I would like to also add that Officer Allen was present for the arrests as well he placed the cuffs on those hooligans

  5. even if the victim is not physically injured, the psychological impact can be profound causing prolonged distress to the victim

    I’m glad they caught these losers, but this is a huge exaggeration.

  6. The fear of getting arrested is a big deterrent from committing a crime. If we make a big deal and publicize the arrests it will deter the next group of thugs from trying to have some bias “fun”. Thank you lpd for taking this seriously and protecting our citizens. I have the utmost respect for our police force.

  7. Great job LPD!!!

    To #8 You are an imbecile. Here we see how seriously the PD takes even a “minor’ crime and you have stupid comments!! I’m thinking maybe you should apply for a job as detective. There probably will be no more gangs in Lakewood.

  8. To #12: It is no exaggeration. Several young children – neigbors of mine, were narrowly missed by those eggs and they are quite disturbed by the intimidation/harrassment. Yes, we are in golus, and that does come along with some anti-semetic incidents even in this malchus of chesed, but don’t underestimate the traumatic effects, especially for sensitive children.

  9. #18

    I got hit by a raw egg a few years back while walking on fourteenth st. on shavuos night. I was wearing a brand new suit, raw egg will not come out during dry cleaning. The suit went right into the garbage.
    Maybe theyre having “fun” but my $200 was quite serious.
    Good job LPD.

  10. LPD keep up the good work.

    To “Thanx says”,
    If you want to stop the gangs – Stop renting to them? let them move on.

  11. remember that teenager that messed up in singapore ? remember his punishment ? I’m sure he won’t spray graffiti ever ever again ! maybe it should be introduced to these guys !

  12. Reminder: Their home addresses were NOT posted for ANYONE to take matters into their own hands. You will be charged with a premeditated crime (among other charges). Also, if there is an err of information, individuals/families not related to these people or their crimes may be residing in these homes. Please use common sense, and let the police do their jobs.

  13. Is there any information about the vandalism and arson of a private elementary school in Lakewood? I was told that it was spray painted with swastikas one week and then burned down another week?

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