Police Arrest Suspect in Double Stabbing at Tent City

Lakewood Police have picked up the suspect in connection with last night’s double stabbing at Tent City, police tell TLS. The suspect, a middle-aged man reportedly a resident at the homeless camp, was charged with aggravated assault and possession of a weapon.

The suspect was transported to the County jail, and is being held in lieu of $80,000 bail, police said.

The victims, as earlier reported, were transported to Jersey Shore Medical Center after being stabbed inside the encampment about 6:30 PM yesterday evening.

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44 COMMENTS

  1. do you see what it takes for pd to gt someone out of there now the suspect was evicted by force and will be spending lots of tax dollars to live in toms river at ocean county dept of corrections!! wouldn’t it have been cheaper if we would have closed this camp a while ago and place them at taxpayers expense but the price would of been much less per person

  2. Why get rid of it? Stabbings can happen all over. This is a place these people have to call home cause they are less fourtunate then us. So I say LEAVE IT ALONE!!!

  3. To lkwooder.
    Come live in the area then say who cares. Let these people walk past your wife and kids everyday putting them in danger, then say who cares.

  4. guess he will be warm and fed for the rest of the winter… may be a smart move after all…so sad… for us the taxpayers who are now supporting him and paying for the medical care of the victims….

  5. The “Residents” of Tent City do not want to be placed in housing suitable for them. There are homes in the state for Mentally Ill people but they have to pay rent and follow the home rules. They don’t want to , they’d rather live in tent city and spend their money as they please. It isn’t the Townships’ responsibility to provide for them.

  6. I’d rather my tax dollars be going to housing and feeding a man who needs it like this guy in the jail, than into the pockets of (moderated) etc etc in our state… at least this guy is off the streets where he c an hurt anybody else (for our sake) and gets a warm meal a bed and a shower all winter (for his own sake)

  7. heres an idea…..why doesnt the state/federal goverment do something to help these homeless people?…….we sent billions to help other countries but spend very little to help our own people…..most of these people were hard people like you and I……..they hit a time of bad luck and lost there homes

  8. They should just get rid of the camp! Put them in real shelters it would be of benefit for everybody specially for ppl who live close to the camp. I’m sorry but a lot of these ppl can get a job and work like everybody else!

  9. Chances are you chose to live in that neighborhood AFTER tent city was established. Now you complain that they pass by your wife and kids and make them the victims. You had the choice.

  10. This is just a side effect of not taking care of the mentally ill in society. If you ignore problems when they are treatable don’t be shocked when they spiral out of control. What do you do with people who do not have the capacity to be healthy? There are very few options for those who are dealing with these issues because they are tough,challenging and costly. Too bad though because in the end it becomes public expense anyway. How can you expect any other outcome? If the mentally ill are treated early, possibly the expenses could be controlled and damages kept to a mininum. Rather we wait till someone totally loses it and then winds up spending the rest of their lives in jail and sadly usually after some horrible tragedy. Medicine is cheaper than jail. Therapy is cheaper than jail.

  11. I am a taxpayer in Ocean County, I have donated clothes, food etc… To tent city, some of them are there because of poor choices made on their part BUT…… Some of them are there due to legitimate reasons and problems, so all of you who say closeit shame on you, I pray one day you feel what they do, I have been almost homeless and it is not fun. We need a real shelter people, stop being selfish and help solve the problem!!

  12. I been living here for over 20 yrs when this town was mostly trees! Tent city needs go social service needs to find help for those who are mentally ill but not every person that lives there have that prob some are very well capable of working! Why is it that we are the only town that have a tent city?? You don’t see this Howell or brick! township needs to find a sulution to this! The tent is bad for people who live there and residents! And to say is illegal to have this

  13. Look around you will see people living in tents in Howell, I know I’ve been ask for money at the Dunkin Donuts by people living in the wood there, It is behind DD on the North bound side of Rt. 9. See Lakewood is not the only place with homeless people, it just isn’t made a big deal the way it is in LKWD.

  14. why didnt they mention this mans name that did this? and ocean county has no shelters,with all the empty dwellings why dont the county buy one of them and house the poor people that are willing to except the help.thank you

  15. To NJ TAXPAYER.
    Selfish has nothing to do with it. Can I steal a car because I can’t afford one? Can I rob a bank cause I have no money ? Can I steal a child cause I can’t have any? Can I shoplift cause I’m hungry?
    OF COURSE NOT.
    So I ask you can they steal property cause they don’t have a home? Can they Urinate on my property because they don’t have a bathroom? Can they endanger my family with their toxic smoke every night cause they’re cold? Even according to your logic that we should help them, that does nt justify ONE BIT of their illegal and harmfull activities , squatting, and way of life.

  16. One more thing to NJ TAXPAYER
    do you REALLY pray that others should feel like they do? I think you better stop praying altogether . E will all be better off.

  17. I was homeless myself. And it wasn’t from drugs or alcohol. It was from being laid off and unemployment wasn’t enough to pay my bills. And on top of that my wife left me and took my children and my kids is what kept me going every morning seeing them before work gave me the inspiration to go work. So what I’m saying for some of us who don’t have family or friends to stay with TENT CITY is all we have. And for the residents who think we’re an eye sore tell your senetors maybe the government should stop sending monies over seas and keep it here in the states and maybe come up with something to help AMERICANS that are down & out

  18. Why should the guy want to post bail? At least in jail he has a warm bed and food. Eventually there will be anarchy in tent city and this is just the beginning. The argument could have started over where they each hang there laundry for all we know.

  19. The reason why we cannot get rid of Tent City is because we allowed it for so many years. How can we save face in a court of law when we aided and abetted this situation.

    This is one of many instances of salutary neglect of our leaders (eg. basement apartments with tiny escape windows, for many years turning a blind eye, rather than making them legal). There is not a single long term resident who cannot add to the list.

  20. There are tent communities all over, It’s just that no one makes such a big deal over them. All of this noise all of a sudden over TC makes one wonder who is interested in acquiring that property for say, more condos?
    Whatever, all the wailings on this site and all the meetings held with local leaders aren’t going to accomplish a thing until the town and the county sit down and formulate a plan to shelter these people. And there is NO extra monies in their coffers to do this without raising county and local taxes. So if you want tent city gone, demand that the politicians follow the court’s order but don’t be surprised to see an increase for it in the tax bills.
    No matter what your political persuasion or how you stand on this matter, one would have to be ignorant not to understand that the decades of the free ride from all forms of our governments for anything but basic services is just about over and if we as taxpayers want something we are going to have to pony up the extra money to have it done.

  21. Hey #7:
    It is sad how you can make such stupid statements…. If he were in a shelter who do you think will be paying for that…. ready for the answer “the tax payers”.

    The quickest answer is to have LPD evict them.. they get a ride to a shelter or jail, that will be their choice. Either way they are out of tent city and safer than where they are now.

  22. excuse me #15! there are decent places to live that people PAY for in this neighborhood – i don’t care if they were around here first- THEY ARE NOT LEGIT. they are drug dealers and alcoholics, they are a danger to society – for all you who Pity tent city- shame on YOU- let’s see how quickly you Host Them in YOUR backyard…..let’s see. When one of you stands up and offers them a place for their tent in the woods behind YOUR house, i will applaud you and happily help them move locations!!!

  23. In Howell there are just scattered a few tents here and there, in Lakewood it’s a “City”. It’s much different and much more disruptive and dangerous. There is no comparison.

  24. Someone has got to be feeding everyone, thinking in their tender mercies that they are helping. If the food supply stops, they will move on and look for food elsewhere, just like the kitty cats do. No one is helping that way. They are all contributing to their demise, as they continue to live there and freeze to death, or die by fire or knife. The winds today are over 65 mph. Has this county no heart to continue to allow them to stay there. Help them out of there to some warmth some place else. The Judge who overturned the decision to force them out now has blood stains on his hands.

  25. there are people living in tents in Howell, Brick and Toms River it is not just Lakewood, it’s just the people in Lakewood are the ones crying over it more.

  26. TO #28

    ITS BEC THE PPL CARE ABOUT THERE WIFE AND CHILDREN AND SOCIETY MORE THEN PPL IN OTHER TOWNS SO YES WE CRY MORE. P.S HOPE A TENT CITY OPENS IN YOUR BACK YARD THEN WILL SEE WHO IS CRYING MORE. GOOD NIGHT!!!

  27. ANOTHER TRAGIC INCIDENT CAUSED BY THOSE CRUEL PPL WHO THINK THIER BEING SO KIND BY ALLOWING TENT CITY.

    TO ALL YOU PPL WHO STAND FOR TENT CITY AND STOP OFFICALS FROM TAKING IT DOWN I HOPE YOU KNOW YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR EVERY DROP OF BLOOD THAT HAPPENS IN TENT CITY (moderated).

  28. These Tent City dwellers are the 99% who don’t have any money. The rest of us (the 1%) are so greedy and selfish, and we caused the 99% to become homeless. We should all just give up our homes and let the homeless have them for free.

    Wait….. but then WE’LL be homeless. Then WE’LL be the 99% who have no money. And the homeless will be the 1% who are so greedy and have homes. We don’t want that either. Maybe we should all just be homeless together. I’m so confused. I’m a liberal.

  29. These Tent City dwellers are the 99% who don’t have any money. The rest of us (the 1%) are so greedy and selfish, and we caused the 99% to become homeless. We should all just give up our homes and let the homeless have them for free.

    Wait….. but then WE’LL be homeless. Then WE’LL be the 99% who have no money. And the homeless will be the 1% who are so greedy and have homes. We don’t want that either. Maybe we should all just be homeless together. I’m so confused. I’m a liberal.

  30. YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT IT IS ALL ABOUT WELL I WILL TELL YOU : IT ALL BOILS DOWN TO WITH THESE TENT CITY EPISODES “POLITICS”. I AM 86 YRS OF AGE HAVE BEEN READING ALL ABOUT PROBLEMS THAT THE POLICE /COMMUNITY HAVE BEEN INDURING OVER A PERIOD OF TIME SO WHAT IS THE ANSWER? I DON’T KNOW BUT IT STILLS ALL BOILS DOWN TO YOUR POLITICIANS IN LAKEWOOD SORRY TO SAY BUT RETIRING FROM THE LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT, TRUST ME I KNOW

  31. Oldmansfury. You got your facts wrong. I live near tent city, and can tell you that the people making a fuss abou it are local residents with only one interest in mind. SAFETY. say what you want but if you don’t know the facts, better keep it to yourself.

  32. To mark.
    Who said that? Where does it say in any law book that no or should e homeless. Of course we hoe that’s the case but there’s no god givin right not to be homeless. SORRY

  33. THERE IS A LOT OF HOMELESS IN TENT CITY THAT LIVE THERE BECAUSE IS CHEAPER I KNOW A LOT OF THEM AND WHEN THE PEOPLE ASK THEM THATS WHY THEY SAY

  34. every year at Christmas time they try to shut tent city down, they complain that they are advertising about tent city, but more people find out about it from them trying to shut it down, than anyone saying “hey come live were I do” Ocean county has NO SHELTER, they put people up in a motel, if they qualify for help, before becoming homeless, because you can not get into Emergency housing unless you are on Welfair, you can not get Welfair unless you have a valid address. If you are part of the working poor, or are on unemployment you do not qualify. I myself was on unemployment, with 2 children and I was lucky enough to know a little about the system. My boys and I spent a summer in a tent in a camp ground while I used DYFS to my advantage and sued for emergency housing for my boys and I. I have lived underneath Funtown Pier since then with out my children. The 3-5 year wait list for section 8 housing try again, been on the wait list now for 8 years! Oh and by the way Seaside Heights had 90% of the motels that they put the homeless who did qualify for housing in. If you got into emergency housing you had 12 months to find a place, get your schooling, while participating in the mandatory programs, and if you did it before the 12 months was up for the motel, you got the difference in months towards your apartment, if it met the guidelines. Oh and until last year of the welfair grant you got 65% of it went to pay for the motel/housing, you had to do 10 housing contacts a week, pay for the bus to go to and from appointments, and wait for a stipend check to reimburse you for a whole $6 a day transportation, that took 6-8 weeks to get the first check. Oh and the motels do not provide a phone, so you have to find a way for a landlord to contact you back and pay for the calls to the potential land lords. So take the $140 a month $91 to the motel/housing leaving you just $49 and stretch it to cover all of that. You say get a job while you have the Emergency housing? well here’s some news for you work part time 30-35 hours per week at minim wage and you make to much to qualify for help, so you have to move out of your housing, this is because our welfair system is still going by the poverty level of the 1950′s, there have been no coast of living increases. So lets see you make calls to at least 10 landlords, have a way to get return calls, or keep calling them, pay for your laundry bus to and from the mandatory program, which you have to be at at 8:30 am in lakewood, 2 buses from SSH, stay there until 4:30pm find an apartment cover all non foodstamp needs, find a job, that you can support yourself on and pay rent with withing 12 months, show me you do this and then I will listen to your complaints about those who don’t qualify for that little help, how they should just get over it and move on. I want to know how many of you would be willing to hire someone who has not had a decent shower, or rent to them? I hope and I pray that each and every one of you who has bashed the homeless never have to face what they have endured, because you are not strong enough!

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