Neptune police arrested an Asbury Park man Jan. 31 and charged him with burglary and robbery in connection with an incident on Ridge Avenue.
Police said the suspect forced entered the residence on the 10 block of Ridge Avenue armed with a crowbar. Upon entering he encountered two occupants at which point he threatened them and demanded money. The victims fought back and thwarted the suspect’s attempt to rob them and as a result, were struck multiple times with the weapon. After the altercation, the suspect fled the residence at which point the police were notified.
Both victims suffered minor injuries and refused further medical treatment.
An investigation was immediately launched and with the assistance of the Monmouth County Sheriff’s K9 Unit and Asbury Park Police, evidence and witnesses led the investigation to an apartment on the 1000 Block of Springwood Avenue in Asbury Park where Kenneth Hilton, 49, was placed under arrest without incident by the Neptune Police Department.
In addition to having warrants for his arrest, Hilton was charged with first degree robbery (two counts), burglary, aggravated assault (two counts), weapons offenses, possession of burglar’s tools and criminal mischief. Hilton was later transported to Monmouth County Correctional Institution pending a detention hearing in accordance with bail reform.
Neptune Det. Louis Berardi conducted the investigation.