Fugitive Charged In Fatal Ocean County Shooting Detained In Virginia

Eric Manzanares (Photo courtesy Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office)

  TOMS RIVER – A Monmouth County fugitive responsible for killing a man at a hookah lounge has been apprehended by law enforcement, officials said.

  Eric Manzanares, 23, of Asbury Park, was previously charged with Murder in connection to the death of Nymere Tinsley, 25, of Brick Township. Additionally, Manzanares was charged with Attempted Murder, Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon.

  Manzanares was arrested on April 7 by police in in Prince William County, Virginia, where he is currently lodged pending extradition.

  The shooting occurred around 1:20 a.m. on August 27, 2022 at the Top Tier Hookah Lounge located at 1769 Hooper Avenue in Toms River.

Photo courtesy Toms River Township

  Police said Tinsley suffered a gunshot wound to his lower abdomen and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

  The two other victims, Anthony Miller, 29, of Neptune Township, and Jamal Bland, 24, of Asbury Park, were brought to Jersey Shore University Medical Center for treatment. Miller suffered a gunshot wound to the stomach and was released after treatment. Bland; suffered a gunshot wound to his elbow and was also released after treatment.

  According to authorities, Manzanares was found responsible for the shooting of all three victims.

  Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer acknowledges the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime Unit, Toms River Township Police Department, Toms River Township Police Department Detective Bureau, Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, Asbury Park Police Department, United States Marshals Service, and Prince William County (Virginia) Police Department, for their combined and collective efforts in connection with this investigation leading to Manzanares’ 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.