Local Man Charged With Attempted Murder

(Photo courtesy of Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office)

FREEHOLD – A Brick Township man has been charged in the attempted murder of an unidentified Brick woman.

Michael Smith, 43, was charged with first-degree attempted murder, two counts of unlawful possession of a weapon, and two counts of second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office said.

The charges stem from the stabbing of a 34-year-old woman.

Smith is scheduled to appear in Superior Court Feb. 11.

Long Branch Police Officer Robert Korn responded to a reported stabbing at 9:39 a.m. Feb. 5 at an undisclosed location. Korn observed Smith swinging and grabbing at the woman, who was lying on the ground.

Smith, reportedly armed with two knives, stabbed the woman multiple times in the head and chest.

She was taken to a local hospital and is listed in stable condition. Police did not say how or if she knew Smith, or why he was in Long Branch.

Smith faces 20 years without parole for attempted murder and up to 10 years for each weapons charge if convicted. The case is assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Stephanie Dugan.