Drug suspect swung bat at detective, authorities allege
A suspected drug peddler who allegedly swung a bat at an approaching Ocean County detective's car during surveillance is arrested along with three others in Berkeley Township.
Muhammad Jack Bomar, 28, is charged with aggravated assault on an officer and two weapons counts as well as six cocaine possession and distribution-related counts, according to the office of Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato.
Corey Richard, listed as inhabiting the same Bayville address as Bomar, is charged with possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia, along with Cherlyn Borchert, 38, of South Toms River. Quataisha Hailey, 22, of South Toms River, faces a count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine as well as the possession charges filed against Richard and Borchert.
Authorities said that the confrontation erupted on the afternoon of August 4 in Bayville.
Berkeley Township investigators and detectives of the Prosecutor's Special Operations Group Northern Enforcement Unit identifed Bomar's Pheasant Drive dwelling as the center of a cocaine-dealing operaton, and Bomar's 2010 gray Toyota Camry as a means of conveyance.
According to investigators, Bomar took note of detectives who spotted his car on Route 9 at Sylvan Lakes Boulevard, emerged from the Camry with an aluminum bat, and swung it as the detecive drove toward him. Bomar returned to the car and drove to the nearby Wawa, where he was apprehended.
Carrying warrants, detectives searched the car and the house, finding quantities of the drug and drug-related items, authorities said. The car was seized pending forfeiture proceedings.
All four were placed in the Ocean County Jail in Toms River. Bomar's bail was set at $75,000 for the assault and weapons counts, and $50,000 for the drug charges. Hailey's bail was set at $35,000 for the drug possession counts and $10,000 for the conspiracy charge. Bail for Borchert and Richard was set at $35,000 each.
The Prosecutor's Office issues the reminder that criminal charges are accusations, and that defendants are considered innocent unless, and until, proven guilty in a court of law.