Saturday, December 20, 2014

Two arrested in stabbing outside Jersey Shore-area concert

Manuel Ramirez, 21 (left), and Miriam Lopez, 22.
Manuel Ramirez, 21 (left), and Miriam Lopez, 22. Ocean County Jail

Two people are in custody after a stabbing early Saturday outside a concert in Lakewood, N.J.

It happened around 1:30 a.m. near the Lake Terrace hall, located at 1690 Oak St., police said.

The victim, a 23-year-old Lakewood man, was attending a concert when he got into an altercation with 21-year-old Manuel Ramirez, of Freehold, police said. The fight ended with both men being ejected from the venue.

After he was thrown out, Ramirez and his girlfriend, 22-year-old Miriam Lopez, of Brooklyn, got into a taxi to go home, according to investigators.

As they were driving north on Paco Way, Ramirez saw the victim walking on the street and asked the taxi driver to stop, police said.

Ramirez allegedly got out of the cab, confronted the man and stabbed him multiple times in the chest, abdomen, face and back.

Nearby concertgoers alerted Lakewood police officers, who were already on the scene as part of a security detail for the event, investigators said.

The victim was taken to the Jersey Shore University Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition Saturday afternoon.

Both Ramirez and Lopez were arrested.

Ramirez is charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, hindering his own prosecution by providing false information to law enforcement and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. He remained imprisoned Saturday at the Ocean County Jail on $250,000 full bail.

Lopez is charged with hindering prosecution by obstruction and is being held at the Ocean County Jail on $75,000 full bail.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have issued detainers for both suspects, who are natives of Mexico, jail records indicate.

The detainers notify local law enforcement that federal agents intend to assume custody of the suspects to determine whether they are in the country illegally and to investigate the possibility of initiating deportation proceedings.


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