Brick Twp. man charged for October 8 Long Branch shooting
FREEHOLD - A 10-day manhunt connected to a brutal shooting in Long Branch takes detectives to Asbury Park, where a Brick Township man was arrested and charged with attempted murder.
Donovan L. Wesley, 25, also faces armed burglary and weapons counts in connection with the gunfire in a West Columbus Place dwelling, according to Monmouth County Prosecutor Chris Gramiccioni's office.
The attemped murder charge is first-degree. A conviction at trial likely would place Wesley at risk of up to 20 years in prison.
Long Branch police responded to a 911 call at about 1:50 AM, and found a 30-year-old man riddled with bullets. He survived but was hospitalized with multiple wounds.
Authorities have released no details regarding the victim's identity, the items allegedly stolen, or circumstances that placed Wesley in Long Branch and later in Asbury Park. They called it an isolated incident.
The search entailed local police, investigators from Gramiccioni's office, officers from Monmouth County Sheriff' Shaun Golden's department and the U.S. Marshals Service.
Authorities are still probing the shooting, and urge anyone with knowledge of it to call Monmouth County Detective Adam Hess, 800-533-7443, or Long Branch PD Detective Todd Coleman, 732-222-1000.
Tips can be given anonymously and confidentially through Monmouth County Crime Stoppers, either through their web page, or at 1-800-671-4400. To text, enter 'MONMOUTH' and the information and send it to 274637.
Monmouth County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information that leads to criminal arrests and convictions.
Charges are accusations. Defendants are presumed innocent unless, and until, found guilty in a court of law.
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