BERKELEY – With the victim succumbing to his wounds, the stabbing of Carlton Williams is now a murder investigation.
Williams, 50, of Seaside Heights, was stabbed in the neck in the area of Magnolia Avenue in the Manitou Park section of town on November 14. He was first taken to Community Medical Center in Toms River and then flown to Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center in New Brunswick. Police said he died on November 21.
Angelo Grenci, 44, of Berkeley Township, has been charged with murder in this case, Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer said.
Grenci had been the main suspect after investigators determined that he had been fighting with Williams. He had been charged with attempted murder initially but that charge has been upgraded. He has been in jail since his apprehension.
Charges are merely accusations until proven in a court of law.
“Fortunately, this appalling and senseless crime was solved expeditiously as a result of the hard work and dogged determination of all the officers and detectives involved in this investigation,” Prosecutor Billhimer stated. “Through their combined efforts, an extremely dangerous person has been removed from the streets of Ocean County. We will now turn our focus to ensuring that justice is accomplished for Mr. Williams and his family.”
Multiple agencies contributed to this case, including the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime Unit, Ocean County Regional SWAT Team, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Victim Witness Advocacy Unit, Berkeley Township Police Department Detective Bureau, Toms River Township Police Department, Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, Ocean County Medical Examiner’s Office, Ocean County Department of Corrections, State of New Jersey Department of Corrections, and New Jersey State Parole Board.