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Ocean County Man Charged With Kidnapping, Raping, Stabbing Woman At Motel

Steen Tarpley
Steen Tarpley

A 48-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the motel kidnapping, stabbing and sexual assault of a 31-year-old Toms River woman, according to Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and Toms River Police Chief Mitch Little.

Steen Tarpley of Toms River has been charged with with first degree kidnapping, first degree aggravated sexual assault, and second degree aggravated assault.   

At approximately 1:24 p.m. on Saturday, the Toms River Police Department received a call of an assault at the Americana Hotel at 925 Route 166.  Patrolman Kyle Zangara quickly arrived on the scene to find the suspect had fled and the female victim suffering from multiple stab wounds, authorities said.

The victim was immediately given medical assistance and transported to Jersey Shore Medical Center where she in listed in stable condition with multiple superficial stab wounds.

Toms River officers on scene quickly radioed the suspect's description to surrounding area patrols. At approximately 2:56 p.m., a Toms River unit located the suspect near a bus stop on Route 166 in the area of the Toms River Home Depot. 

Toms River Detective Duncan MaCrae, with the assistance of other Toms River Patrol Units took Tarpley into custody without incident, police said.

The investigation alleges that Tarpley, who is known to the victim, held her against her will for a yet to be determined time. It alleges further that during the course of the abduction he physically and sexually assaulted her.

Tarpley is lodged in Ocean County Jail in default of $500,000 cash bail set by Judge Joseph Foster.

The continuing investigation is being conducted by Toms River Detective Duncan MaCrae and Ocean County Prosecutor Detective Thomas Tiernan, with assistance from the Ocean County Sheriff's Department CIU.  

John Cobb February 17, 2014 at 04:40 AM
This sounds to be more of a domestic dispute than a "Kidnap, Rape, Stab" crime that the headline would indicate. Not to diminish the seriousness of the charges, but just to clarify that he didn't snatch a stranger off the street.
PointGirl1 February 17, 2014 at 05:07 AM
Being held against your will is considered kidnapping. It falls under that grey area in the statute. If he brought her there against her will and wouldn't let her leave that's kidnapping regardless of the relationship.
Cheryl Marinko February 17, 2014 at 07:26 AM
So what if it wasn't a stranger off the street? Being raped and stabbed and held against your will by someone you know isn't any less terrifying than if it had been a stranger doing it.
Terrence Brown February 17, 2014 at 08:09 AM
I believe I understand where John Cobb is coming from with his comment. When we hear of a local kidnapping, we all start looking over our shoulders whenever we're out in public. This incident, horrible as it was, seems to be a "closed loop".
kathi mcdonough February 17, 2014 at 08:58 AM
At the Americana Hotel, whoda thunk?
RDinLacey February 17, 2014 at 09:18 AM
Wow, not one comment about hoping that the woman involved is ever going to be alright? Well, let me be the first then...I hope she is able to get the proper care and counseling to reclaim her life and overcome her abuser's attempt to have her live in fear forever. Sending love and healing her way.
WMS826 February 17, 2014 at 11:39 AM
I'm giving odds she either pays his bail or is back with him before his trial.
Not So Dumb February 17, 2014 at 01:21 PM
If she can come up with $500,000 cash to bail him out of jail, I got to wonder why they had to go to a I'll assume a flea bag motel. I really don't think she'll get a chance to get with him again, before he goes to trial and then off to a few years with Bubba by his side
WMS826 February 17, 2014 at 03:12 PM
Violent criminal past this man had. Thank you Democrats for allowing him to be free and living among us. Liberals feel so good helping these poor souls while ruining life for the rest of us.
dutchess February 17, 2014 at 06:23 PM
Where do you get the idea that Liberals don't want criminals in jail? And other than the fact that she knew him doesn't mean she had a personal relationship. You can't use your imagination to know what happened to this poor woman. She is a victim and to assume otherwise is ignorant!
Not So Dumb February 17, 2014 at 06:32 PM
Dutchess, 99% of the time WMS826 posts he shows his ignorance. He's just a sad man that doesn't know any better.
WMS826 February 17, 2014 at 08:08 PM
I guess you better research your selected political affiliations a bit more. It was not the Republicans who fought against the death penalty. The Southern Poverty law Center is not a right wing organization. Please tell me one Democrat in modern times who was hard on crime. Democrat equals Communist these days. The JFK Democrat is a thing of the past. Each judge that gives criminals more rights, or dismiss' cases or makes it harder for the police to do their job is a liberal. You liberals all tell us how much more compassionate you are...and your political party has more compassion for criminals than you know.
Av February 17, 2014 at 08:35 PM
Wms, is he your nephew? Yo nice family
dutchess February 17, 2014 at 08:58 PM
Republicans are famous for being easy on rapists and child molesters and think women are responsible for their own rape.
WMS826 February 17, 2014 at 09:42 PM
So the. Why do you liberal democrat fools always call republicans mean and jack booted thugs if we are so soft on crime. The entire reason we are failing as a nation and our culture is declining is because of you kook aid drinkers thinking you need to be fair and inclusive. You democrats were all behind the anti profiling movement.....repealed the death penalty as being too harsh....want to legalize drugs, let felons vote like that Eric Holder guy wants. Democrats created the welfare state under Lydno Johnson and his great society plan which is why you are all broke today. Democrats will not allow people on welfare to be forced to work cleaning up streets or other useful things the government who pays them needs done. Your kids and grand children will not be treated fairly by these people when this is all said and done. Political correctness...is a democrat plan....anti Christmas..anti religion...democrat...get with it...you all hate religion and Christmas and other holidays...that is what your party stands for.
Av February 17, 2014 at 09:47 PM
Looks like your nephew
dutchess February 17, 2014 at 10:40 PM
I guess you've been listening to too much Rush and Fox because everything you said is unfair and unbalanced. Generalizations make you sound ignorant and uniformed.
WMS826 February 17, 2014 at 10:52 PM
These are the facts. Your town pays millions a year of your money into a fund for low income housing. This is six million dollars we could use on the residents of Brick,,,on repairing our schools and roads...we could hire more cops...do many things with this money yet we have to give it to a fund to provide low income housing and to build new schools in urban cities while ours crumble. Courtesy of a feel good democrat movement. Affirmative action...democrat. Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton,..democrat. The morning flag pledge in our schools is gone because of Democrats....Berkely California and all their craziness vote democrat...democrat is no longer the working mans party....it is pretty close to communist and openly socialistic right now, I guess you must be dirt poor and unable to earn a dollar so you need the handouts which is why you bite democrat.
WMS826 February 17, 2014 at 10:54 PM
AV..your comments are racist. You are trying to make me feel bad by saying I am related to a black man. You are using his skin color as a joke.
Av February 18, 2014 at 08:56 PM
@wms: don't play the race card with me you ass! I'm saying based on all you BS comments (over 1000) that your just like this guy skin color has nothing to do with it. Mr internet brave POS
WMS826 February 18, 2014 at 11:37 PM
Then why would you say "looks" like your nephew....it was his looks and skin color you were using as a joke. Me thinks thou protests too much.
Av February 19, 2014 at 08:18 PM
Me thinks your a douche
Av February 19, 2014 at 08:19 PM
You be needing some schooling kid
WMS826 February 20, 2014 at 01:52 PM
AVA...please do not resort to violence to make up for your being called out on the hatred that runs deep inside of you. Get some counseling and spend more time with African Americans to perhaps help you get past hating them.
Av February 22, 2014 at 09:03 PM
Your still a doucheboy

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