Two From North Jersey Charged with Throwing Fireworks From Car at Woman at the Jersey Shore

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BEACH HAVEN, NJ – Two North Jersey teens have been charged with aggravated arson after throwing fireworks from a moving vehicle at a woman at the Jersey Shore.

According to the Beach Haven Police Department on Long Beach Island, a 53 year-old female victim entered the Beach Haven Police Department  to report that at approximately 10:15 p.m. that evening, she had been struck by a firework explosive that was thrown from a motor vehicle. 

“She advised the Officers that she was walking on Pennsylvania Avenue when a firework was thrown from the passenger side of a Jeep Wrangler,” police said. ” The firework exploded and struck her in the arm and rib area, causing her clothes to catch fire.  Officers contacted EMS, and the victim was treated for second degree burns to her arm.”

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Today, Beach Haven Police Chief James Markoski announced the arrests of Justin Liebhauser, 19, of Randolph, and Gianni Aveta, 18, of Wayne, who were each charged with Aggravated Arson.

Later that night, at 11:30 p.m., officers from the Beach Haven Police Department executed a motor vehicle stop on a Jeep Wrangler matching the description of the vehicle described by the victim.  The vehicle was being operated by Liebhauser – with Aveta and three minors as passengers.

“An investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit and Beach Haven Police Department revealed that Liebhauser was operating the vehicle with Aveta and the two minors as passengers in the area of Pennsylvania Avenue earlier in the evening,” Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer said today. “Liebhauser handed a five-inch shell mortar firework to Aveta, who then lit the firework and threw it out of the passenger side of the vehicle, striking the victim.  As a consequence of the investigation, Liebhauser and Aveta were served with the aforementioned charges via summons pending an upcoming first appearance in Ocean County Superior Court.”

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