FREEHOLDA Neptune Township man charged in connection with a shooting that took place in Asbury Park earlier this year has been located and arrested, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey announced Tuesday.

Stephon Keys, 29, is charged with first-degree Attempted Murder and several related weapons offenses.

Minutes after midnight on Sunday, February 27, members of the Asbury Park Police Department responded to the Washington Village housing complex on the 1300 block of Washington Avenue on a report of a shooting. There they found a single adult male victim, who was transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center for treatment of injuries deemed not to be life-threatening.

An extensive investigation by members of the Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Bureau and the Asbury Park Police Department resulted in Keys being identified as a suspect, and charges against him were filed last week. He was apprehended with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service without incident this morning, and lodged in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution (MCCI) pending a first appearance and detention hearing to take place in Monmouth County Superior Court.

Anyone with any information about this matter is still urged to please contact MCPO Detective Brian Migliorisi at 800-533-7443 or APPD Detective Terrance McGhee at 732-774-1300.

This case has been assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Caitlin J. Sidley of the Major Crimes Bureau. Information about legal representation for Keys was not immediately available.

If convicted, Keys would face up to 20 years in state prison.

Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendants have all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State law.