Dion Marsh, the man arrested and charged for carrying out a string of terror attacks on Lakewood and Jackson Jews last Friday, has been charged with terrorism, and is also the individual responsible for a series of recent attempted abductions in Lakewood, prosecutors have announced.
Ocean County Prosecutor Brad Billhimer has added terrorism charges to Marsh’s long list of offenses after obtaining approval from NJ Acting Attorney General Matt Platkin.
Prosecutors and Lakewood Police Chief Greg Meyer also said that Marsh has been charged with attempted kidnapping after an investigation found he was responsible for recent such events in Lakewood.
“Detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit and the Lakewood Township Police Department Detective Bureau conducted further investigation and revealed that Marsh was responsible for additional criminal activity in Lakewood Township on April 8, 2022. Specifically, on April 8, 2022, at approximately 1:10 p.m., in the area of Arlington Avenue and Lincoln Street in Lakewood, a male was traveling northbound on Arlington Avenue operating 2011 Toyota Camry when he was approached by the suspect, who was on foot. The suspect attempted to open the car door – which the victim locked as he watched the suspect approach the vehicle. Upon the suspect attempting to open the door, the victim accelerated the vehicle. The suspect reached through the open window and attempted to hold on to the vehicle while the victim continued to drive – traveling approximately one city block before the suspect let go.”
“Detectives further determined that on April 8, 2022, at approximately 5:20 p.m., a male pedestrian was crossing Kimball Road at Central Avenue in Lakewood in the southern direction when a dark colored sedan struck him from the right side, causing minor bodily injury. The vehicle then fled the scene.
Additionally, on April 8, 2022, at approximately 5:25 p.m., a 911 call was placed by a male in the area of Carlton Avenue and Central Avenue in Lakewood, reporting that his minor son had been approached by a black Honda Accord occupied by a skinny black male. The caller stated that the black male attempted to physically grab the minor victim and pull him into the vehicle but was unsuccessful.”
“Through our ongoing investigation, Detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit and Lakewood Township Police Department have been able to identify Marsh as the individual responsible for these additional criminal acts; he has been charged accordingly as set forth above,” Prosecutor Billhimer stated.
“Our thorough and continuing investigation has resulted in the filing of these additional charges of Attempted Murder, Attempted Carjacking, Attempted Kidnapping, and three additional counts of Bias Intimidation. Marsh’s continuing course of conduct is alarming. A thorough review of the totality of the circumstances surrounding his intent, conduct and behavior lead us to the charge of Terrorism. We are prepared to prove beyond a reasonable doubt, that Marsh intended to terrorize the Jewish community in Lakewood and Jackson on April 8, 2022,” Prosecutor Billhimer stated. “This young man will be held accountable for this conduct,” Prosecutor Billhimer concluded.