Tuesday, June 7th, 2022, Alejandro Huerta-Arias, 23, of Toms River, was charged with Vehicular Homicide 2C:11-5A , in connection with a motor vehicle crash that occurred on March 9th, 2022 at Madison Ave & Courtney Rd, resulting in the death of Mark Mandel, 32, of Lakewood. The LPD Traffic Safety Unit, investigated with collaborative efforts of the OCPO Vehicular Homicide Unit, and the OC Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit. Lakewood Fire Department, Lakewood First Aid, Hatzolah and Lakewood EMS assisted with the initial investigation.
DUI Crash w/Injury
Tuesday, June 7th, 2022 01:15am Officer D. Desangles responded to a two car vehicle crash with injuries. Occupants of one of the vehicles declined medical attention. Further investigation led to the arrest of James Issac Watts Jr, (26 years old of Toms River) for the following charges:
(1)-1514-A-293237- Driving While Under the Influence (39:4-50)
(2)-1514-A-293238- Reckless Driving (39:4-96)
(3)-1514-A-293239-Failure to maintain Lane (39:4-88(A))
Officer J. Macerino and Officer J. Mathews assisted in the investigation.
On Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at 2:30 am Officer Nicholas Romeo arrived at the scene he located Anthony Bivins (44 years old from Brick) in the back yard of victim/caller.
The victim/caller found Anthony Bivins leaving with his leaf blower and he was able to make chase, stop him and retrieve his leaf blower.
Anthony Bivins was arrested and charged with 2C:20-3(a) Theft of moveable property and 2C:18-3.B Defiant Trespassing. Bivins was then transported to OCJ.
Friday, May 27th at 730pm Officer J. Mandelbaum was dispatched to a possible drunk driver in the area of Rt. 70 near Rt. 9. The suspect vehicle was located in the area and a subsequent motor vehicle stop was conducted. Further investigation led to the arrest of Ricardo Alberto Chontal-Toscano (34 years old of Jackson) for the following charges:
39:4-50 Driving while intoxicated
39:4-96 Reckless driving
39:3-10 Unlicensed driver
39:3-4 Unregistered vehicle
On May 25th, Detectives assigned to the Street Crimes Unit attempted to arrest Jorge Chacha-Cerceres on outstanding warrants when he attempted to flee the area. Chacha-Cerceres (33 years old from Lakewood) was ultimately arrested in the area of 118 Clifton Avenue. Further investigation, found him to be in possession of various forms of narcotics readily packaged for resale. He was charged accordingly and transferred to OCJ.
As a result of a month long investigation, Rondell Murray (68 years old of Lakewood) was surveilled by members of the Street Crimes Unit and stopped as he traveled towards his home on May 27th. Search warrants were executed on the vehicle that he was operating and his residence in Lakewood. As a result, Mr. Murray was charged with possession/distribution of CDS and paraphernalia. Mrs. Murray who was home at the time of the execution was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Mr. and Mrs. Murray were released on summonses.
The Street Crimes Unit consists of Det/Sgt Reyes, Detectives Letts and Richardson, Ptl. Dellavella and K9 Shim.