FREEHOLDAn 18-year old male suspect has been apprehended in connection with the shooting of an 18-year old Neptune City man that occurred on November 15th, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Marc Zayas, 18, of Long Branch, was arrested Monday, November 19th following an intense manhunt. Zayas has been charged with Attempted Murder, Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon.

Long Branch Police responded to a call around 12:01 p.m. on the afternoon of Thursday November 15th, for shots fired in the vicinity of 63 Morris Avenue. Police arrived to find an 18-year old male victim suffering from a gunshot to the back. The victim was taken to a local hospital where he is still currently in critical, but stable condition.

A joint investigation was immediately launched by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and the Long Branch Police Department. As a result of the investigation, Zayas has been charged with the above listed offenses.

The state has filed for detention and the hearing is currently scheduled for November 28th at 9am before Monmouth County Superior Court Presiding Criminal Judge James C. McGann.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Wayne Raynor at 800-533-7443 or Long Branch Police Department Detective Nicholas Romano at 732-547-3949.

Anyone who feels the need to remain anonymous, but has information about a crime can contact Monmouth County Crime Stoppers confidential telephone tip-line by calling 1-800-671-4400; can text “MONMOUTH” plus their tip to 274637; or, they can email a tip via the website at  Monmouth County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of criminals and fugitives.

The case is assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Michael Luciano.

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.

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