Man Wanted For Murder Over Toms River Hooka Lounge Shooting Caught in Virginia

Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced that on April 7, 2023, Eric Manzanares, 23, of Asbury Park, a fugitive from justice relative to the murder of Nymere Tinsley, 25, of Brick Township, which occurred on August 27, 2022 in Toms River Township, has been apprehended by law enforcement in Prince William County, Virginia. Manzanares is presently lodged in the Prince William-Manassas Regional Adult Detention Center in Manassas, Virginia, pending extradition to New Jersey.

On August 27, 2022, at approximately 1:20 a.m., Officers from Toms River Township Police Department responded to the Top Tier Hookah Lounge located at 1769 Hooper Avenue for a report of gunshots having been fired. Responding Officers found three victims suffering from gunshot wounds. Nymere Tinsley suffered a gunshot wound to his lower abdomen and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Two other victims were transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center for treatment of their injuries: Anthony Miller, 29, of Neptune Township, suffered a gunshot wound to the stomach, was treated for his injuries and released; Jamal Bland, 24, of Asbury Park, suffered a gunshot wound to his elbow, and was likewise treated and released.

A thorough and extensive investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, Toms River Township Police Department Detective Bureau, and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, determined that Manzanares was responsible for the shooting of all three victims. On August 27, 2022, Manzanares was charged with Murder, Attempted Murder, Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon. A warrant for Manzanares’ arrest was issued on that date, and his name was entered in the National Crime Information Center database

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