BRICK – After stabbing a man in the ShopRite parking lot and fleeing the scene, the fugitive has now surrendered himself to authorities.
Around 4 p.m. on July 26, the Brick Township Police Department arrived at the ShopRite on Route 70 after a report of a stabbing. They found the 44-year-old victim with several stab wounds on his back and he was quickly brought to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune for treatment. The man is reported to be in critical but stable condition, police said.
After investigating the incident, police identified the suspect as Michael Stallworth, 37, of Seaside Heights. Police issued a warrant for his arrest and Stallworth was charged with Attempted Murder, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon.
On August 29, Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer and Brick Township Chief of Police James Riccio announced that Stallworth surrendered himself to the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Warrants Division. He was transported to the Ocean County Jail where he will remain lodged pending a detention hearing.
Prosecutor Billhimer and Chief Riccio acknowledged the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime Unit, Brick Township Police Department Detective Bureau and Patrol Division, Lakewood Township Police Department, Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Warrants Division, for their collaborative efforts in connection with this investigation and Stallworth’s apprehension.
The charges referenced are merely accusations and the public are reminded that all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.