Angelo Grenci (Photo: Ocean County Jail)
Angelo Grenci (Photo: Ocean County Jail)

A 44-year-old Toms River man has been charged in the stabbing of a Seaside Heights man who remains hospitalized in critical condition.

According to a statement from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, Angelo Grenci, 44, of Toms River, was arrested and charged with attempted murder in connection with the Nov. 14 stabbing, which took place in Berkeley Township.

Police said that during the evening hours of Nov. 14, officers from the Toms River Township and Berkeley Township police departments were called to Community Medical Center in Toms River following a report of a male victim having been stabbed. Responding Officers found Carlton Williams, 50, of Seaside Heights, with an apparent stab wound to his neck.  Williams was subsequently flown to Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center in New Brunswick where he remains listed in critical condition, the statement said.

Detectives from the two police departments, as well as investigators from the prosecutor’s office, “determined that Grenci had stabbed Mr. Williams in the neck during an altercation” that occurred in the area of Magnolia Avenue in the Manitou Park section of Berkeley Township at approximately 7 p.m. the night of the incident.

Detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime Unit, Ocean County Regional SWAT Team, and Berkeley Township Police Department Detective Bureau, executed a court-authorized search warrant at Grenci’s residence in Berkeley Township on Monday. Grenci was taken into custody and brought to Berkeley Township police headquarters for processing, and was subsequently transported to the Ocean County Jail where he is currently lodged pending a detention hearing.

“Each and every officer and detective involved in this investigation acted quickly and professionally in solving this horrendous crime,” said Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer. “Through their tenacity and dedication, a very dangerous individual is now off the streets.  As I have stated many times before, senseless acts of violence are not acceptable in any civilized society, and will certainly not be tolerated here in Ocean County.”