John Curtin, 19, of Woodland Avenue in Keansburg, was arrested last night and charged with the murder of Evan Smutz , 20, of Center Street in Keyport, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni announced.
Keyport police responded to a 911 call reporting the shooting at 12:48 p.m. at 2 Center Street. Police arrived to find Smutz with a gunshot wound. He was pronounced deceased at 1:21 p.m.
“It was hard work and determination by detectives in our Office and at the Keyport Police Department who quickly solved this murder and brought Mr. Curtin to justice for this crime,” Gramiccioni said. “This is a great credit to all of law enforcement and the community.”
Curtin is charged with first degree Murder, first degree Felony Murder, first degree Robbery, second degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, and second degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose.
Anyone with additional information about this case is urged to call Detective Ryan Mahony of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at 1-800-533-7443 or Detective Sergeant Joe Redina of the Keyport Police Department at 732-264-0706.