Arrest made in Asbury Park Murder

Tyreek Williams. Photo via facebook

Tyreek Williams. Photo via facebook

Tyreek Williams, 24, of Asbury Park, was arrested today for the stabbing death of 19 year old Prize R. Johnson, according to a statement by Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni.

Williams was charged with first degree Murder, third degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose and fourth degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon.  He is being held in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution on $1,022,500 bail with no 10% option as set by Superior Court Judge  Honora O’Brien Kilgallen.

Asbury Park police responded to a 911 call around 9:58 p.m. on Monday Jan. 5, 2015, reporting a person had been stabbed on Ridge Avenue before arriving at the apartment.  Johnson was found inside Building 1, Apartment 53, at the Washington Village apartments, 1259 Washington Avenue, where he died from his injuries and was pronounced dead at 10:29 p.m.

A joint investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and the Asbury Park Police Department was immediately launched into the incident.  Based upon the investigation, police determined Williams encountered the victim on the 400 block of Ridge Avenue where an altercation occurred culminating with the fatal stabbing of Johnson.  With the assistance of friends, the victim made his way back to Apartment 53 in Washington Village, where he died from his injuries.

If convicted of Murder, Williams faces a minimum sentence of 30 years in a New Jersey state prison without parole and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, 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.  He would also be under parole supervision for five years following his release from state prison.

If convicted of Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, he faces a maximum of five years in state prison.  If convicted of Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, he faces a maximum of 18 months in prison.

Despite the arrest of Williams, police are still encouraging those with information regarding the stabbing death of Prize Johnson to contact them.  Anyone with information relating to this investigation should contact Detective Michael Bonanno of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at 800-533-7443 or Detective Daniel Kowsaluk of the Asbury Park Police Department at 732-774-1300.

Individuals wishing to provide anonymous information may also call Monmouth County Crime Stoppers at 800-671-4400. Callers to Crime Stoppers remain anonymous and are eligible to receive a cash reward if the information given leads to the arrest and prosecution of a suspect or fugitive.

Posted: January 8th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, Crime, Crime and Punishment, Monmouth County Prosecutor | Tags: , , , , , | 23 Comments »

23 Comments on “Arrest made in Asbury Park Murder”

  1. Proud Republican said at 9:27 pm on January 8th, 2015:

    Guess you could say this guy is no prize. Look at the bright side, there are two less threats to the Asbury Park police.

  2. Name (required) said at 7:41 am on January 9th, 2015:

    @Proud what a fool you are.Did you just get back from your KKK meeting?

  3. Jim Granelli said at 11:14 am on January 9th, 2015:

    @ Name (required)

    I agree. I was going to comment similarly last night but got pulled off by a phone call.

    Proud, this was not one of your prouder moments. You know better.

    That said, an unconfirmed source says this was gang related despite the newspaper accounts that the victim was a steller person. It will be interesting to see what the real story is.

    But, to suggest that “two threats to the police” are out of circulation is really sickening.

  4. reality check said at 11:33 am on January 9th, 2015:

    @proud : I agree with you. It’s sad but true that both of these guys were headed for a long life of crime and destruction. That usually means repeated runnings with the cops. Let’s face it if it was Ismail Brinsley instead of prize Johnson those two cops would still be alive.

  5. reality check said at 11:44 am on January 9th, 2015:

    Run ins, not runnings

  6. @ reality check said at 12:16 pm on January 9th, 2015:

    so, you support the murder of Prize to remove a possible (as in not proven) threat to the police? In effect, that is what you are saying.

    How horrible.

    Jim Granelli

  7. reality check said at 2:34 pm on January 9th, 2015:

    I dont support the murder of anyone but it does happen especially in the world of violent street gangs. And there is no denying the fact that street gangs are a constant threat to the police. I think the point that the first poster was making in a somewhat humorous way was accurate, that’s all. sad but accurate

  8. Jim Granelli said at 6:10 pm on January 9th, 2015:

    Sorry Proud and reality.

    That’s a callous attitude and I pray I never end up with such a feeling.

    ‘nuf said.

  9. Proud Republican said at 6:22 pm on January 9th, 2015:

    you really have to lighten up Jim. This isn’t even an opinion it’s a fact. Any time there are less gang members common sense tells you things become safer, regardless of how it happened.

  10. Jim Granelli said at 7:25 pm on January 9th, 2015:

    Proud, from where I come from, it’s a callous way of looking at things, no matter that they are facts.

    ” Look at the bright side, here are two less threats to the Asbury Park police.” to me says that one doesn’t give a crap that one is dead and one going to jail for a long time.

    That’s an opinion.

  11. Proud Republican said at 8:38 pm on January 9th, 2015:

    Ok Jim but nothing you can say will make me change my pro-police, anti-gang, anti-criminal feelings.

  12. Jim Granelli said at 10:15 pm on January 9th, 2015:

    And you think I am NOT pro-police, anti-gang and anti-criminal feelings because of my opinion?

  13. Proud Republican said at 11:06 pm on January 9th, 2015:

    Hard to tell from your first post which was very DeBlasioesque

  14. Jim Granelli said at 8:54 am on January 10th, 2015:

    @ Proud

    Now, you are just being silly. Anybody that knows me I am as far from DeBlasio as the one can imagine. But, I do have a soul.

    You can have the last word now since you seem to think you are still right.

  15. Proud Republican said at 9:29 am on January 10th, 2015:

    you can have a soul and still acknowledge the common sense fact that when two violent gang members are removed from the scene, the threat level to law enforcement decreases. That’s all.

  16. Name (required) said at 7:46 am on January 11th, 2015:

    @Proud you have no soul to think every black man is in a gang.This young man was not.The hate you have is the problem of today towards blacks.

  17. Proud Republican said at 8:25 am on January 11th, 2015:

    @name. How silly you are. You obviously have very poor reading comprehension. No one said every black man is in a gang, nor was there even a mention of race at all. You made that up. The reports stated that this incident was gang-related. Case closed. It is a very weak tactic of liberals to try and inject race into everything to try and distract from the gang violence and criminal activity that is destroying lives in the black community every single day. You should be ashamed at your lack of concern for the innocent victims of gang violence in the black community and the police officers who try to protect them.

  18. Name (required) said at 4:28 pm on January 11th, 2015:

    What the hell do you know about the black community? I bet nothing. RIP mr Johnson.Your with god now.

  19. Jim Granelli said at 8:15 pm on January 11th, 2015:

    “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.”

    a) @ Name (required) There is at least some evidence from the street talk that Prize Johnson was not a saint no matter how much the media has painted him out to be.

    But, you are right, he should Rest In Peace and Proud should not be so callous about his death. That was a mother’s son.

    b) Proud – you just don’t get it.

    Your comment, and I quote “there are two less threats to the Asbury Park police”

    excludes the fact that one person had to die to give you that result. That’s the callous part. NO one should have to die to remove threats from the police, yes; a mother’s son.

  20. Proud Republican said at 11:19 pm on January 11th, 2015:

    The old liberal heartstring tugger – it’s “a mother’s son.”. Well, no kidding. Hitler, Pol Pot, John Dillinger, USama Bin Laden, the Kouachi brothers were all “some mother’s sons.”. All bad people were once cute babies and tots. It’s when they become adults and terrorize society that they are worthy of our disdain. And you know something else the people I just mentioned have in common? Society is better off without them. Care to dispute that fact?

  21. Jim Granelli said at 2:04 pm on January 12th, 2015:

    QUOTING Proud Republican “Society is better off without them. Care to dispute that fact?”

    “Damn straight (I would) Skippy.”

    Are you really “proud” to say that? I wouldn’t be.

    I would be embarrassed because that kind of talk gives Republicans a bad name that we have to fight too much. And to equate the victim to Hitler, et al is beyond disgusting.

    How do you know the victim couldn’t be straightened out short of him getting murdered? There were indications he had a lot of good qualities despite being dragged towards gang affiliation.

    Too, I wonder how you would feel if it were your own son. And don’t say it wouldn’t have happened with your son. You have zero control over them after they leave the nest.

  22. Jim Granelli said at 2:06 pm on January 12th, 2015:

    BTW Proud, don’t play that liberal line with me. It doesn’t sell. You know I’m pretty conservative.

    That was a “credibility torpedo.”

  23. Deron Clayton said at 7:00 pm on January 16th, 2015:

    I lived through this situation, as both families are close to mine, and actually, neither man involved were gang members and this had nothing to do with gangs or drugs. This was an unfortunate incident between the two men having a dispute. Nothing more, nothing less. Prize’s family and mine are extremely close and I have watched this young man grow up and he truly was as exceptional as he is spoken of in the paper. An athlete and an artist and it is a true tragedy that both men are essentially losing their lives over a disagreement.

    Your opinions are protected by the first amendment, so you have a right to believe what you feel. However, you are displaying your true colors publicly, so the losers pointing the fingers actually have three more pointing back at them.

    Good Day, Gentlemen.