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UPDATE: Victims Hospitalized, Face Charges After Stabbing By 17-Year-old

Knife recovered from stabbing/robbery suspect's home

Two men face robbery charges after police said they were stabbed by a 17-year-old.

Police responded to Lexington Blvd at 7:15pm last night on a report of a stabbing. The confrontation took place near the Village Drive basketball courts.

When officers arrived, they found Barnegat First Aid Squad members treating Sean Ruiz, 20, Little Egg Harbor, for two stabs wounds in the back, police said.

Police were also notified by Southern Ocean Medical Center that there was a 16- year-old male Barnegat resident being treated at their facility for a stab wound. Police determined that the juvenile was stabbed during the same confrontation where Ruiz was involved.

Officers secured both crime scenes, recovered several pieces of evidence and spoke with victims and witnesses. They identified a 17-year-old male from Barnegat as the the stabbing suspect and took him into custody at 10:35 p.m., police said.

Officers determined that Ruiz, the 16-year-old stabbing victim, and an uninjured 16-year-old Barnegat male had all confronted the stabbing suspect on Village Drive near the basketball courts and robbed him, police said

The 17-year-old stabbing suspect/robbery victim pulled out a knife and stabbed Ruiz and the other juvenile. The suspect then fled the scene. Ruiz and the two juveniles fled to Lexington Boulevard, police said.

Ruiz was transported to Southern Ocean Medical Center where he was airlifted by MONOC medevac helicopter to Atlantic City Medical Center. He was charged with second-degree robbery and is under guard by Barnegat officers at the hospital. He is listed in stable condition. His bail has been set at $40,000, said police.

The 16-year-old stabbing victim was treated at Southern Ocean Medical Center and was then taken into custody and charged with second degree robbery. The uninjured 16-year-old was arrested and also charged with second-degree robbery. Both juveniles were lodged in the Ocean County Juvenile Detention Center in Toms River, police said.

The stabbing suspect/robbery victim was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. He was released to a guardian pending a juvenile court hearing. The knife was recovered from his residence by police.

Barnegat Police Sergeant Jason Carroll was the incident commander for the event. Detective William Hetrick assisted with the investigation. The crime scenes were processed by the Ocean County Sheriff's Department Criminal Investigation Unit.
Walter McCarney November 17, 2013 at 09:29 AM
Can anyone explain why such a small section of this town has yet to be cleaned up? The criminal element there has become far too comfortable in that environment. They need to be made "uncomfortable", they need to know that the least little criminal activity will be swiftly acted upon by the local police. If the bad seeds there know the police are a constant presence, they will find somewhere more comfortable to reside. I would suggest reading the "Broken Windows" theory. If you do not address the problem it simply gets worse.
Melinda Russell November 17, 2013 at 03:44 PM
Regarding the real estate values - it's too late (Barneghetto), values there plummeted years ago. The kid who got robbed and stabbed those losers should not be charged, the punks who robbed him should learn the lesson and spread the word that robbery is a bad idea.
Silvia Miceli November 17, 2013 at 08:40 PM
I really can't stand the nick name of Barneghetto. Don't use it. This is disgusting. Hey Patch. Make sure your services are doing more good than bad for our communities. Stop the everyone let's share bad things about our communities on the internet! Let's share the worse, share the trash trash. You may not realize how detrimental that is for our towns. If you got 150 shares, possibly thousands of people may have seen that post and may have formed an opinnion. If something is broken , you need to fix it.
Karen November 17, 2013 at 09:22 PM
too late for that neighborhood, it already has lost its real estate value!! if anyone ever even mentions streets in that neighborhood, the reaction is always "oh you live over by Lexington? Uh Oh!!" I feel sorry for people who live near there.
PAUL MCMILLAN November 19, 2013 at 05:48 AM
I wonder what the officer was thinking when he was told to charge him dont forget the guys on the street have bosses im sure if it was there choice the stabber would have remained a victim

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