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Jan 29, 2020

Jackson Trio Indicted on Multiple Charges, Including Felony Murder of Manalapan Man

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Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced Tuesday morning the indictment of three Jackson Twp. residents for their respective roles in the October shooting death of Narciso Rodriguez-Corona, 43, of Manalapan.

Zoey S. Monte, 20, Tyler J. Martucci, 22, and Gerard A. Grimes Jr., 23, all of Jackson, have been indicted on multiple and varying charges in connection with the murder.

Monte was arrested after she turned herself into authorities at the Manalapan Township Police Department yesterday. Both she and Martucci, who was being held at the Ocean County Jail on unrelated charges, have both been indicted on multiple charges including second degree Burglary, second degree Conspiracy to Commit Burglary, second degree Unlawful Possession of a Handgun, Possession of a Firearm for an Unlawful Purpose, fourth degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, and third degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose.

In October, Grimes Jr., was arrested in connection with the shooting death of Rodriguez-Corona.  He was indicted Tuesday morning on one count of first degree Murder, one count of first degree Felony Murder, as well as a multitude of other charges related to the murder.

On Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 9:34 p.m., Manalapan police officers responded to a call, reporting a fight at 25 Fawn Run in the township. Several minutes later, police received another call for a confirmed shooting victim. Manalapan police officers arrived on scene and discovered Rodriguez-Corona suffering from a gunshot wound.  Mr. Rodriguez-Corona was transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, where he was pronounced deceased.

The investigation revealed Grimes, Monte and Martucci all came to the Manalapan residence armed with a handgun.  Grimes attempted to enter the residence while Monte and Martucci remained outside.  Residents of the home were alerted to Grimes’ presence and attempted to stop him from entering, resulting in a brief confrontation outside the home.  Shortly thereafter, a second encounter occurred nearby, where Grimes ultimately shot the victim.  Grimes, Monte and Martucci all fled the area.

Police were quickly dispatched to the area and encountered the victim, who was suffering from life-threatening injuries.  After receiving initial information regarding the incident, police began to search the area.  A few hours later, police attempted a motor vehicle stop of Grimes’ vehicle, but he failed to stop.  Thereafter, Grimes fled the vehicle.  Monte and Martucci were also onboard the vehicle and were arrested at that time.  A short time later, Grimes was in the backyard of a neighborhood residence.

Grimes, Monte and Martucci are each being held in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution in Freehold Twp.  Grimes has been detained pending trial since his arrest on Oct. 5 of last year.  Detention hearings for Monte and Martucci are scheduled for Feb. 3, 2020 at 9am before Monmouth County Superior Court Judge, Paul X. Escandon.