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Lakewood Man alleged to have Killed an Ocean County Police Officer has been Arrested

It took police only two days to find Jahmell W. Crockam, the suspect of the shooting of Lakewood Police Patrolman Christopher Matlosz which occurred on Friday afternoon. The following day, a task force consisting of Monmouth and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office, Toms River, Lakewood, Brick, Jackson, Seaside Heights, South Toms River, Berkeley Twp., Manchester Twp., Howell Twp., along with the State Police and U.S. Federal Marshall searched Ocean and Monmouth counties for the suspect. Then, on January 16, 2010, the search went beyond Ocean County area to Camden County.

He was apprehended later that day, and transported back to Lakewood Police Department where he is processed and then taken to Ocean County Jail in Toms River. He will be held in Ocean County Jail until he appears before a Superior Court Judge for his initial bail appearance.

Unless he is able to make bail, the suspect will remain incarcerated until the matter is indicted, and then the matter will either be listed for trial or the suspect may decide to take a plea deal. It could take several months until the matter is indicted. After the matter has been indicted, the suspect will appear at his arraignment before an Ocean County Superior Court Judge. His criminal defense attorney will likely make an application for a bail reduction, and it can be expected that the Prosecutor assigned to the matter will oppose any application for a bail reduction.

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