Berkeley Man Murdered Seaside Man, Prosecutor Says

A Berkeley Township man has been arrested for the slaying of a Seaside Heights man in early November, Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer said in a statement.

Officers from the Toms River and Berkeley Township Police Departments responded to the Community Medical Center in Toms River for a report of a man suffering from a stab wound.

Responding officers found Carlton Williams, 50, of Seaside Heights with a stab wound to his neck. Williams was flown to the Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center in New Brunswick where he succumbed to his injuries on November 21st.

Angelo Grenci (Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office)

A post mortem autopsy was performed a day later and revealed that Williams died because of a brain injury, secondary to the stab wound to his neck. The death was then formally ruled a homicide.

Further investigation revealed that Williams was in an altercation with Angelo Grenci, 44, of Berkeley Township at around 7:00 p.m. on November 14th in the Manitou Section of Berkeley Township. The altercation then turned violent and Grenci stabbed Williams in the neck.

On November 16th, police executed a search warrant on Grenci’s home where he was taken into custody for a preliminary Attempted Murder charge. The charge was amended to Murder after Williams died

“Fortunately, this appalling and senseless crime was solved expeditiously as a result of the hard work and dogged determination of all the Officers and Detectives involved in this investigation,” Billhimer stated.

Grenci is currently lodged in the Ocean County Jail in Toms River pending a detention hearing.

“Through their combined efforts, an extremely dangerous person has been removed from the streets of Ocean County. We will now turn our focus to ensuring that justice is accomplished for Mr. Williams and his family,” Billhimer concluded.



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