LAKEWOOD, NJ – A man who committed a series of carjackings on April 8th in Jackson and Lakewood is now facing multiple charges of bias intimidation and attempted murder.
Dion Marsh, 28, of Jackson was arrested after an afternoon-long crime spree in those two towns.
According to Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer, on that day, at approximately 1:10 p.m., in the area of Arlington Avenue and Lincoln Street in Lakewood, a male was traveling northbound on Arlington Avenue operating a 2011 Toyota Camry when he was approached by the suspect, who was on foot.
“The suspect attempted to open the car door – which the victim locked as he watched the suspect approach the vehicle,” Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer said. “Upon the suspect attempting to open the door, the victim accelerated the vehicle. The suspect reached through the open window and attempted to hold on to the vehicle while the victim continued to drive – traveling approximately one city block before the suspect let go.”
According to Billhimer the following chain of events followed:
At approximately 1:15 p.m., Officers from the Lakewood Township Police Department were summoned to the area of Martin Luther King Drive and Pine Street for a report of carjacking. Responding Officers determined that a male suspect approached a 2016 Toyota Camry, assaulted the driver, and fled the area in the vehicle.
At approximately 5:20 p.m., a male pedestrian was crossing Kimball Road at Central Avenue in Lakewood in the southern direction when a dark colored sedan struck him from the right side, causing minor bodily injury. The vehicle then fled the scene.
At approximately 5:25 p.m., a 911 call was placed by a male in the area of Carlton Avenue and Central Avenue in Lakewood, reporting that his minor son had been approached by a black Honda Accord occupied by a skinny black male. The caller stated that the black male attempted to physically grab the minor victim and pull him into the vehicle but was unsuccessful.
At approximately 6:00 p.m., Lakewood Township Police received a report of a pedestrian being struck by a motor vehicle in the area of Central Avenue and Carlton Avenue. Responding Officers discovered that a male victim had been struck by a dark colored vehicle. The victim was taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune where he was treated for his injuries and released.
At approximately 6:55 p.m., Lakewood Township Police Officers responded to a 911 call in reference to a stabbing in the vicinity of Pine Circle Drive and Lakewood New Egypt Road. The Officers discovered a male victim with a stab wound to his chest. The victim was taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center where he where he was treated for his injuries and released.
At approximately 8:20 p.m., Officers from the Jackson Township Police Department responded to a 911 call for a report of a pedestrian being struck by a motor vehicle in the area of Galassi Court. Responding Officers were able to determine that the male victim had been struck by the same vehicle that was taken in the carjacking incident in Lakewood earlier in the day. The victim was taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center where he was treated and released to a rehabilitation facility.
“A thorough review of the totality of the circumstances surrounding this defendant’s intent, conduct and behavior lead us to the charge of Terrorism. We are prepared to prove beyond a reasonable doubt, that Marsh intended to terrorize the Jewish community in Lakewood and Jackson Township(s) on April 8, 2022,” Prosecutor Billhimer stated. “This indictment is just the next step in bringing this young man to justice,” Prosecutor Billhimer concluded.