Attempted Murder Fugitive To Remain In Jail

Michael Stallworth (Photo courtesy Ocean County Jail)

  BRICK – After surrendering himself to police for stabbing a man and fleeing the scene, the fugitive will now remain in jail, officials said.

  On September 2, Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced that Michael Stallworth, 37, of Seaside Heights, will remain in jail on the charges of Attempted Murder, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon in connection to a stabbing that took place in the Brick ShopRite parking lot.

  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 Stallworth and issued a warrant for his arrest.

  On August 29, 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 and has been lodged there since.

  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.