Ocean Township man charged with attempted murder in Freehold Borough


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An Ocean Township man has been arrested and charged in connection with a shooting that took place in Freehold Borough on the evening of March 30, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced on April 14.

Joseph Lyons, 36, has been arrested and charged with two counts of first degree attempted murder, one count of second degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose
and one count of second degree unlawful possession of weapon, according to a press release from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.

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Just after 8 p.m. March 30, Freehold Borough police officers responded to The Continental at Freehold apartment building, Jackson Street, after receiving a 911 call from an individual who reported a shooting incident, according to the press release.

Upon arrival, officers discovered two men with gunshot wounds. The men were taken to a local hospital to be treated with what authorities described as non-life threatening injuries. Both men were later released from the hospital.

An investigation conducted by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and the Freehold Borough Police Department determined Lyons was allegedly responsible for shooting both men before fleeing the scene, according to the press release.

With the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Regional Task Force and the Freehold Borough
Police Department, Lyons was taken into custody and transported to the Monmouth County
jail, Freehold Township. He is awaiting a detention hearing.

The prosecutor’s office did not say where or when Lyons was taken into custody.

If convicted of attempted murder, Lyons faces up to 20 years on each count in a state prison. If convicted of the weapons offenses, Lyons faces up to 10 years in a state prison.

Anyone with information about the March 30 incident on Jackson Street is asked to call Detective Daniel Newman of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at 1-800-533-7443 or Freehold Borough Detective Richard Schwerthoffer at 732-462-1233.

According to the prosecutor’s office, anyone who feels the need to remain anonymous, but has information about a crime can submit a tip to Monmouth County Crime Stoppers by calling the confidential telephone tip line at 1-800-671-4400; or by downloading and using the free P3 Tips mobile app (available for iOS and Android – https://www.p3tips.com/community/index.htm).

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