Man Indicted For Murder In Ocean County Shooting

Jahvontae Debose (Photo courtesy Ocean County Jail)

  LAKEWOOD – A township man has been indicted for murder after shooting a man multiple times in the chest.

  On February 21, Lakewood Township Police responded to a 911 call about a male who had collapsed in the middle of the road on Tudor Court. The victim was identified as Dajour Randolph, 20, of Little Egg Harbor, and was found with an apparent gunshot wound to the chest.

  Randolph was quickly transported to Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus, in Lakewood where he subsequently succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased. The post-mortem examination determined the cause of Randolph’s death to be multiple gunshot wounds.

  On February 23, Jahvontae Debose, 24, of Lakewood, was pulled over for a motor vehicle stop in Pleasantville which resulted in him being arrested. He was initially charged with weapons and narcotics offenses.

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  On February 25, an investigation conducted by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, Lakewood Township Police Department, Lakewood Township Police Department Detective Bureau and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit revealed that Debose was the suspect responsible for Randolph’s death and subsequently was charged with Murder.

  Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced that on January 12, Debose was indicted for Murder. In addition, he was indicted on charges of Possession of a Firearm for an Unlawful Purpose, Being a Certain Person not to Possess a Firearm, Possession of a Firearm in the Course of Committing a Drug Offense, Possession of a Defaced Firearm, Possession of Hollow Nose Ammunition, Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute and Possession of Tetrahydrocannabinol with Intent to Distribute.

  Prosecutor Billhimer acknowledges the diligent efforts of Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Kristin Pressman and Assistant Prosecutor Victoria Veni who are handling the case on behalf of the State, and commends the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime Unit, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Economic Crimes Unit, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Victim Witness Advocacy Unit, Lakewood Township Police Department, Lakewood Township Police Department Detective Bureau, Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, Ocean County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit, Ocean County Medical Examiner’s Office, New Jersey State Police Regional Operations and Intelligence Center, Brick Township Police Department, Manchester Township Police Department, Toms River Township Police Department, Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, Pleasantville Police Department, and the United States Marshals Service, for their collective and collaborative efforts in connection with this investigation leading to Debose’s indictment.

  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.