FREEHOLDTwo men have been criminally charged with the shooting death of a 20-year-old Bradley Beach man from 2016, Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond S. Santiago announced on Friday.

Quashon J. McDuffie, 30, of Long Branch, is charged with first-degree Felony Murder, first-degree Armed Robbery, second-degree Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, second-degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon and second-degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose. Knaliek Joshua, 31, of Asbury Park, is charged with first-degree Felony Murder, first-degree Armed Robbery, second-degree Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, second-degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose and second-degree Certain Persons Not to Possess a Weapon.  

On Monday, February 8, 2016 at approximately 8:18 p.m., members of the Neptune Township Police Department responded to the 1300 block of 7th Avenue in Neptune Township for a report of a shooting. Officers found Andre Thorne in the driver’s seat of a 2002 red Dodge Neon, suffering from a single gunshot wound to the chest. Thorne was rushed to Jersey Shore University Medical Center where he would later be pronounced deceased. It was discovered that Thorne was sitting in the car with two others at the time of the shooting.

A joint investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and the Neptune Township Police Department revealed McDuffie and Joshua’s involvement in the homicide.

The investigation is currently ongoing, and if anyone has any information, they are asked to contact Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Sergeant Keith Finkelstein (732) 431-7160, ext. 3019 or Neptune Township Detective Carrie Bartlett (732) 988-8000.

 Anyone who feels the need to remain anonymous but has information about a crime can submit a tip to Monmouth County Crime Stoppers by calling their confidential telephone tip-line at 1-800-671-4400; by downloading and using the free P3 Tips mobile app (available on iOS and Android – https://www.p3tips.com/1182), by calling 800-671-4400 or by going to the website at www.monmouthcountycrimestoppers.com

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