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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.
Dawn November 15, 2013 at 10:15 AM
Lexington Blvd!!!!!
Albert Del Tufo November 15, 2013 at 10:27 AM
Why was he arrested. He was protecting himself. If he didn't have the knife he may have been hurt.
lawrence cook November 15, 2013 at 10:49 AM
good job kid. if they tried to rob me, i would have done the same OR WORSE. the legal system is a joke anymore. so,,, in a situation like this, STAND YOUR GROUND !! better to be judged by 12, than carried by 6 .
ConcernedMom November 15, 2013 at 10:53 AM
I can't believe this society! Since when is it a crime to defend yourself or the things that belong to you? That's the reason why there is so much violence today. Good job kid! Maybe next time those boys will think twice about robbing someone
Jim_N November 15, 2013 at 10:56 AM
from the very little information we have it would appear that he was involved in an altercation the point of which was to rob him. He produced a weapon and stabbed two of his attackers, then ran home. What might get him in trouble here will be he had the weapon (this is NJ after all), he used it and one of the robbers was stabbed in the back. That said, I sadly doubt that any of the 4 are choir boys. I would really like to hear the rest of the story before making any rash comments.
F.Lee November 15, 2013 at 11:00 AM
This is going to destroy the Real Estate value of those homes over there.
Phil Schmeer November 15, 2013 at 11:01 AM
We're talking about 16 year olds,fist fights maybe,knives? I don't think so. cellphones? hit emergency they ping your phone,and are there asap.If one of these kids died,what would standing his ground had done for him. Will it be a Gun next time? I'm tired of seeing dead and seriously injured kids.
Wes November 15, 2013 at 11:49 AM
If the kids weren't trying to rob the other kid would they have been stabbed. I am not saying they deserved to be stabbed or the juvenile should be carrying a knife, but those other kids shouldn't have been trying to rob him either. Its all about what these kids are taught at home or the environments they exposed to. Its up to us as parents to set a good example, do the right thing all the time, discipline our children when they deserve it, and teach these kids what is right and wrong.
H.c. McMillan November 15, 2013 at 12:58 PM
Stabber should not be charged for defending himself! It's time to stop being victims!
Bob November 15, 2013 at 01:12 PM
I guess the blade of the knife was greater than 1/000th of an inch to long.
Andrew Biddar November 15, 2013 at 02:52 PM
^guess that's the only thing that makes sence? But still unlawful? Was protection from those ghetto little fucks from Lexington got what they deserved IMO
ndnchic November 15, 2013 at 03:14 PM
I wouldn't even let my dog walk thru Lexington. Place looks like bad parts of Camden. Yes it will affect the estate. Maybe next time they will think abt robbing someone.
Bob November 15, 2013 at 03:44 PM
Time for nearby home owners to get their property taxes reassessed
Cosmo Kramer November 15, 2013 at 10:17 PM
It got too quiet over there and patrols backed off. Time to beef it back up and make everyone in there uncomfortable.
Robert Blackburn November 16, 2013 at 06:52 AM
I was told that the kid that is claiming that he was robbed,that the boys were trying to take weed off of him because he was trying to sell weed to some 12 and 13 year old boys. cant wait to get the truth.
Tired of this place November 16, 2013 at 12:34 PM
Are you kidding me the kid was defending himself. Bunch of junkies ,drug dealers and. Gangbangers. Over. There clean up that dump bpd oh ya their scared. To go in there
James Raleigh November 17, 2013 at 06:29 AM
Sad story. All of those kids should be playing sports and doing homework.
proud November 17, 2013 at 07:22 AM
Why is possessing a knife illegal? And if not for the robbery, the possession of said knife could very well be for a lawful purpose.
Cosmo Kramer November 17, 2013 at 08:06 AM
@James Raleigh has been watching too many reruns of Happy Days. I'm sure there was no innocent party here.
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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