Man Who Plotted to Shoot Teachers, Students at New Egypt High School Indicted

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Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato announced the return of the indictment yesterday (8/1) against MATTHEW VLADIMIR VANDERBEEK, 19, of Cream Ridge, NJ.  The charges listed in the indictment are: Count one Terrorism first degree, Count two Unlawful Possession of a Weapon fourth degree, Count three Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose third degree, and Count four Attempted Possession of a Firearm for an Unlawful Purpose second degree.  A copy of the Indictment is attached.


The indictment stems from the investigation begun on 06/19/2018, by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Major Crimes Unit Det. Brant Uricks and Plumsted Township Police Det. Anthony Ringle into an alleged threat made by a New Egypt High School student to shoot students and staff at the school’s graduation ceremony.  The investigation by the partnering detectives quickly identified Matthew Vanderbeek as the suspect who allegedly utilized social media to communicate his intention to shoot school students and staff.  A search warrant was approved and authorized to search Vanderbeek’s Hyacinth Court residence to check for weapons, additional evidence of the crime and to attempt to seize any communications made via phone or computer.


The search warrant was executed by the initial investigating agencies, with assistance from the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office’s CSI, as well as, their K-9 capable of detecting the presence of firearms or ammunition.  The search warrant and follow-up investigation verified the threats by Vanderbeek and found additionally that he was attempting to obtain a firearm.  He was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Ocean County Jail where he reminds incarcerated.

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