Raphael Powell, 37, of Toms River, was found guilty after a scary incident in which he threatened to kill a man.
On July 2, 2022, at approximately 11:00 p.m., Officers from the Toms River Township Police Department were dispatched to assist a male victim who had just been assaulted.
Responding Officers met with the victim, who advised that he was entering a residence on Rory Road when a male approached him and asked him what he was doing in the area. The male suspect then punched the victim in the face and removed a handgun from his waistband. The male suspect pointed the handgun at the victim and threatened to kill him. Another male then appeared at the scene and the victim was able to leave the area.
Toms River Police officers located Powell outside of his residence in Toms River in the early morning hours of July 3, 2022, and he was taken into custody without incident.
Powell was searched incident to his arrest, and found to be in possession of a stolen handgun loaded with 17 rounds of hollow nose bullets.
Powell was also found to be in possession of 30 wax folds of Fentanyl at the time of his arrest. Powell was arrested and transported to the Ocean County Jail, where he has remained lodged since July 3, 2022.