Fugitive Admits To Shooting A Man

Donald Rutter (Photo courtesy Ocean County Jail)

  TUCKERTON – A fugitive, who was on the run for 24 days, has pled guilty to Aggravated Assault after shooting a man, police said.

  Donald Rutter, 53, of Tuckerton, was arrested on January 28, 2021 when police located him in Atlantic City after fleeing an attempted murder scene.

  A joint investigation revealed that Rutter had shot Thomas Jarvis, 55, of Little Egg Harbor, on January 5. When police arrived to Jarvis Marine on Radio Road after a 911 call, they found Jarvis with a gunshot wound to his midsection. He was quickly transported to AtlantiCare Regional Medical for treatment and was eventually released from the hospital.

  On June 14, Rutter pled guilty to Aggravated Assault as well as Stalking. He faces a term of seven years in New Jersey State Prison for the Aggravated Assault charge and 18 months for the Stalking charge. The State will also be seeking a Stalking Restraining Order at the time of sentencing.

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  Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer acknowledges the diligent efforts of  Senior Assistant Prosecutor Meghan O’Neill and Assistant Prosecutor Kaitlyn Burke who are handling the case on behalf of the State, as well as the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime Unit, Little Egg Harbor Township Police Department, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Regional SWAT Team, New Jersey State Police, New Jersey State Park Police, United States Marshals Service, Ocean County Sheriff’s Office, Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, and Tuckerton Police Department, for their combined and collaborative efforts in connection with this investigation resulting in Rutter’s apprehension, guilty pleas and soon his state prison sentence