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Last of Three Suspects in Toms River Overdose Death Probe Nabbed

The case of a 2013 heroin overdose death in Toms River advances with the arrest of the last of three suspects, announced today by the office of Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato.

(L-R) Pedro Valentin, Paul Robinson and Rufus Young
(L-R) Pedro Valentin, Paul Robinson and Rufus Young (Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office)

Paul E. Robinson, 24, of Toms River, was charged Monday along with Rufus A. Young, 41, of Freehold, and Pedro A. Valentin, Jr., 23, of Perth Amboy in connection with the death of Jamie Caravella, 23, on February 6, 2013.

All three are charged with first-degree, strict-liability drug-induced death and second-degree aggravated manslaughter. Bail for each was set at $200,000.

Authorities say a “critical” piece of evidence which surfaced during Caravella’s autopsy provided the means to pursue the arrests, but they have yet to identify it publicly.

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