Monmouth County law enforcement authorities are seeking the public’s help in locating Marc Zayas, 18 of Long Branch. Zayas is accused of shooting a 18-year old Neptune City man last Thursday afternoon, November 15, in the vicinity of in the vicinity of 63 Morris Avenue in Long Branch.
Zayas is at large as of 7:30 Sunday evening, according to Chris Swendeman, spokesman for the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.
Long Branch Police responded to a call around 12:01 p.m. on Thursday afternoon, for shots in the vicinity of 63 Morris Avenue. Police arrived to find an 18-year old male victim suffering from a gunshot to the back. The victim was taken to a local hospital where he is currently in critical, but stable condition.
A joint investigation was immediately launched by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and the Long Branch Police Department. As a result of the investigation, Zayas, has been charged with the above listed offenses. Efforts to locate Zayas are active and ongoing, and involve the collaborative efforts of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, Long Branch Police Department, Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office and other Monmouth County law enforcement authorities.
Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni is urging anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Marc Zayas to come forward. “We are now asking the community for their help, in bringing Marc Zayas to justice,” Gramiccioni stated. Gramiccioni warned that police are prepared to charge any individuals who play a role in obstructing the apprehension of Zayas or those who assist in concealing him from law enforcement officials.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Wayne Raynor at 800-533-7443 or Long Branch Police Department Detective Nicholas Romano at 732-547-3949.
Anyone who feels the need to remain anonymous, but has information about a crime can contact Monmouth County Crime Stoppers confidential telephone tip-line by calling 1-800-671-4400; can text “MONMOUTH” plus their tip to 274637; or, they can email a tip via the website at www.monmouthcountycrimestoppers.com. Monmouth County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of criminals and fugitives.