2011-06-22 / Front Page

Ocean County man charged with carjacking acquaintance

MANALAPAN — A resident of Manchester Township, Ocean County, has been charged with carjacking following an incident that occurred in Manalapan in the early morning hours of June 15.

According to a press release issued by Manalapan police Capt. Chris Marsala, a 32-year-old woman called police at 3:07 a.m. to report that she had been driving around with an acquaintance when he demanded a ride to another location.

The woman refused to provide her acquaintance with that transportation, at which point he produced a knife and held it to her throat and ordered her out of the car, according to the press release, which states that the incident occurred on Cedar Court.

The woman, who was not injured during the incident, got out of the car at that time and called police.

At about 7:30 a.m. a suspect, identified as Joseph Farina, 30, of Manchester, was taken into custody in the rear yard of a home on Galahad Drive. The woman’s vehicle was recovered nearby, according to police.

Farina, who was identified as a single man who is employed as a waiter, was charged with carjacking, robbery, motor vehicle theft, aggravated assault and unlawful possession of a weapon.

Police said Farina was found to be a wanted person out of Monmouth County with an outstanding arrest warrant for burglary and five other traffic and criminal warrants. Farina was placed in the Monmouth County jail in default of bail that was set at $277,500 for the Manalapan incident.

Officer Jennie Hensley and Detective Kevin Schmidt were the investigating officers.

In another incident, police have charged a Manalapan resident with theft, credit card fraud and forgery following her alleged involvement in incidents at Walgreens, CVS and Wegmans.

According to a press release, an anonymous caller contacted police on June 3 after seeing a surveillance video that police had released to an Internet website. The caller identified the woman being sought by police as Jennifer Dutter, 39, of Manalapan. Dutter was arrested on June 9, charged and released on $500 bail.

On May 24, Patrolman Edward Hedden responded to a report that unknown persons had entered an unlocked vehicle that was parked at a convenience store on Route 9 north. The items removed from the vehicle were a pair of dancing shoes and an MP3 player reported to be valued at $160. The theft occurred between 11 p.m. May 23 and 7 a.m. May 24. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact police at 732-446-4300.

On June 3, Patrolman Brian Schank responded to a report that an unlocked vehicle parked on Chesapeake Road had been entered by unknown persons. Two GPS units and several power tools were reported stolen from the vehicle.

On June 3, Patrolman Seth Kreizman responded to a report that an unknown person had removed two dirt bikes that were being displayed for sale on Smithburg Road. The dirt bikes are both valued at $5,500

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