Brick Police Arrest Two for Robbery, Assault

Tuesday robbery occurred on Harding Drive, suspects were arrested Wednesday night

Brick Police detectives have arrested two township men in the robbery and assault of a Point Pleasant man at a township residence.

Police were called to the 100 block of Harding Drive Tuesday night at 8:30 p.m. after a man had called and reported he was assaulted by two men in the garage of a home, which belongs to a relative, Capt. John Rein said.

When police arrived, the victim, 20-year-old Rick Hatch of Point Pleasant Borough, was found with several injuries to his head and face, Rein said.

The two men are alleged to have punched and kicked Hatch in the head until he was unconscious, then stole $60 from his pocket before fleeing in a vehicle, said Rein. When he regained consciousness, he went into the home and a relative called police.

Hatch, who was treated on scene by Brick Volunteer EMS before being brought to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, for the treatment of multiple lacerations and contusions as well as several facial fractures, was able to identify one of the suspects, Rein said.

The investigation that followed led to the arrest of two township men – William Chapman, 19, and Dale Kessler, 22, both of Sawmill Road – late Wednesday night.

Both were charged with one count each of robbery and aggravated assault. Ocean County Superior Court Judge Wendel E. Daniels set bail on both at $200,000. 

Both were transported to the Ocean County Jail in lieu of bail.

Brick Police Detectives Erik Olsen and Thomas Cooney made the arrests, Rein said.

The investigation is ongoing, Rein said. Those with information are asked to call Olsen at 732-262-1120.

Born allah October 01, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Well it was some white trash that did it on blue,s. So look into your information before you speak
notMAPLELEAFZ October 02, 2012 at 04:28 PM
allah look into the article before you speak untruths. one of the assailants is in fact african american and from sawmill road they are not just on blues man they are on dip and they are going to continue to steal everything in this town if the brick pd does not step it up.
Jennie October 02, 2012 at 04:51 PM
I agree with you, I live in maple leaf myself. The only way to correct the problem is to have stricter renting laws, Backround checks, drug screenings etc. The association we have now is doing a great job on getting rid of the bad news in here but unfourntialy it is going to take more time to get rid of them all.
Jennie October 02, 2012 at 04:53 PM
There is supposed to be a meeting in December or January. I will have to look into it and let you know.
Jennie October 02, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Welfare and section 8 needs to do drugscreenings. I feel that if people on section 8 do drugs then they need to loose all there benifits. If they have kids then dyfes should step in. It saddens me to see some of these people on drugs and have children. The children suffer the most and lead by example.


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