JUST IN: Four men have been arrested in connection with the shootings in Lakewood, TLS has learned. Carlos Gonzales, 18, Hyron Dorsey, 31, Tyquan Strand, 19, and Yasim F. Jones, 28, were all charged with murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder and possession of a firearm.
“They did a fantastic job”, Police Chief Rob Lawson tells TLS. “The arrests were all made within 15-16 hours of the shootings, a process which can sometimes take weeks, months, and even years” Lawson says.
The Chief also thanked Detective Lt. William Addison, Detective Sgt. John Stillwell and Detective Leroy Marshall of the Lakewood Police Department for their outstanding work.
Detective Leroy Marshall and Detective Thomas Tiernan of the Ocean County Prosecutors Office were the lead investigators on this case.
Prosecutor Marlene Lynch Ford noted, “I want to commend the efforts of the Lakewood Township police department as well as the members of the Prosecutor’s Office major crimes unit for their diligence in identifying the perpetrators of these brazen and outrageous acts. Police continue to investigate whether there is a connection between this incident and other shootings in the Township Wednesday evening and early Thrusday. However, these arrests– less than 24 hours after the incident– are reflective of the commitment of this police force to the safety of their community. The arrest of these individuals should restore a sense of safety to the residents of Lakewood Township. It could not have been done without a concerted joint effort by law enforcement to solve the crime and to remove these people from the community”.
“I would like to again, assure the residents of Lakewood Township that the security of their neighborhoods has been restored, due in a large part to the inspiring effort of local law enforcement,” she concluded.
Bail has been set on each defendant in the amount of One Million Dollars ($1,000,000) cash by Ocean County Superior Court Judge Francis R. Hodgson, Jr. All defendants were arrested yesterday in Lakewood without incident and are currently lodged in the Ocean County Jail in default of bail.