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Neptune Shooting Suspect Tracked Down In Maryland

A Neptune Township 57-year-old on the run from attempted murder and weapons charges since May 31st runs out of time and room in Maryland.

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Monmouth County authorities say Howard Charles Long was captured in a motel room in Aberdeen, MD, on Tuesday. He waived extradition and is now in the Monmouth County Correctional Facility in Freehold with bail set at$500,000, with no 10-percent option.

He’s accused of firing two rounds from a handgun at a 17-year-old on Fordham Avenue in the township, outside the teen’s home. Long, say investigators, was involved in a relationship with the teen’s mother.

Authorities say Long was inside the house with the mother when the victim arrived. An argument between them grew physical outside the dwelling, say investigators, at which point Long is believed to have returned to the house for the weapon.

Investigators say Long pulled off one round before the victim began running, and a second just afterward. Both shots missed. The teen’s father arrived and called 911 as Long sped off in a car. Detectives later found the car, but Long had vanished.

Neptune police and members of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s and Sheriff’s Offices started a search that eventually included Maryland State Police and the U.S. Marshal’s Service.

Long would face a prison term of up to 20 years if convicted of the first-degree attempted murder charge. It would be subject to terms of the No Early Release Act, meaning he’d be forced to serve at least 85 percent of the time before parole consideration.

Conviction on second-degree counts of unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose would mean possible prison terms of up to 10 years each, subject to at least three years without parole eligibility.



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