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Howard Johnson Hotel attempted murder suspect heading to prison for 15 years

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Howard Johnson - Route 37, Toms River.
Howard Johnson - Route 37, Toms River.

TOMS RIVER, NJ – A man who stabbed a woman multiple times inside the lobby of the Toms River Howard Johnson hotel on Route 37 last March is heading to prison.

Carles Bryant, 36, of Millville, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for his role in the brutal assault and stabbing of a women at the hotel on March 3, 2001. Under the No Early Release Act, Bryant will be forced to serve 85% of his sentence.

According to the police report of the incident, on March 3, 2021, at approximately 10:30 p.m., officers from the Toms River Township Police Department responded to the Howard Johnson Hotel on Hooper Avenue in reference to a 911 call regarding a physical altercation taking place in the lobby of the hotel involving a male and a female. 

A female victim was found unresponsive with multiple apparent stab wounds to her head, face, and body when responding officers arrived.  An ambulance transported the female to a local hospital, where she received treatment for her injuries and was eventually released.  During an investigation conducted by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit and Toms River Township Police Department Detective Bureau, Bryant was identified as the assailant responsible for the victim’s injuries.


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