An Asbury Park man has been arrested and charged for his role in the stabbing of two teens outside Asbury Park High School Tues., March 9.
Jadon Carter, 20, of Asbury Park, has been arrested and charged with two counts of first degree attempted murder and fourth degree unlawful possession of a weapon.
At approximately 3:40 p.m. on March 9 the Asbury Park Police Department responded to the area of Asbury Park High School for the report of a fight. Officers arrived to the scene to discover two male victims, ages 17 and 18, with stab wounds. Both victims remain hospitalized as a result of their injuries.
Asbury Park Police arrived quickly and located Carter on scene. He was taken to the Asbury Park Police Department and was later charged in connection with the incident.
The case is being investigated by members of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and the Asbury Park Police Department. Anyone with information about this case is urged to call Detective Christopher Guy of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at 1-800-533-7443 or Asbury Park Police Detective Daniel Savastano at 1-732-774-1300.
Anyone who feels the need to remain anonymous but has information about a crime can submit a tip to Monmouth County Crime Stoppers by calling their confidential telephone tip-line at 1-800-671-4400.
If convicted of attempted murder, Carter faces up to 20 years on each charge in a New Jersey state prison, subject to the provisions of the “No Early Release Act” (NERA) requiring him to serve 85 percent of the sentence imposed before becoming eligible for release on parole.
School Superintendent Sancha Gray said it appears that a disagreement between the students continued after school was dismissed for the day.
“It appears that an individual, who is not an Asbury Park student, may have provided a weapon to one of the students after dismissal, outside of the school building,” Gray said in a statement.. It appears that the weapon(s) was subsequently used to injure one or more individuals.
“Based upon the information that is available at this time, it appears that what started as a conflict between students during the school day escalated into physical violence after school was dismissed. What is deeply troubling is a preliminary report that an individual, who is not affiliated with the school district, may have supplied a weapon to one or more of the students after the end of the school day. “
Gray explained that the district’s security measures likely prevented the incident from occurring inside of the school building.
“We utilize a multi-layered security approach, which not only focuses on the prevention of the introduction of weapons into the school environment, but also includes elements of social and emotional learning, mindfulness and peer mediation,” she said in a statement.