Carles Bryant (Photo: Ocean County Jail)
Carles Bryant (Photo: Ocean County Jail)

A Superior Court judge has ruled that the defendant in an attempted murder case linked to an incident at the Howard Johnson hotel in Toms River will remain behind bars while awaiting trial.

Carles Bryant, 34, of Millville, will remain lodged in the Ocean County Jail following a ruling by Judge Wendel E. Daniels. Initially a fugitive from justice, Bryant was apprehended in Atlantic City by the United States Marshals Service on March 19, 2021 without incident. He has been held in the county jail since the date of his arrest. The detention hearing was handled by Assistant Prosecutor Victoria Esler.

Bryant is facing charges of attempted murder and related weapons offenses. He is accused of stabbing a woman in the hotel lobby March 3. At about 10:30 p.m. the night of the incident, Toms River police responded to a 911 call to the Howard Johnson, located off Hooper Avenue, in reference to a physical altercation taking place in the lobby involving a male and a female. According to prosecutors, when responding officers arrived, they found a female victim unresponsive with multiple apparent stab wounds to the head, face, and body.


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The woman was transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, where she was treated for her injuries. She has since been released from the hospital.