LONG BRANCH: The following is a press release from the Long Branch Police Department:
On Feb. 26, at approximately 4:49 a.m., the Long Branch Police Department received a call of an armed robbery at the 7-11 convenience store at 554 Ocean Blvd.
When the officers arrived, they discovered the cashier had been struck in the head, with what was later determined to be a pistol. The victim was not able to give much more information, and was transported to Monmouth Medical Center for an apparent head injury.
Officer Chris Walls and CPL Juan Vasquez were able to access the security video with the help of the owner, and could see a suspect enter the store with a gun, jump over the counter, and appear to fire the gun at the cashier and miss. He then struck the victim with the gun and attempted to open the cash register, but couldn't. The suspect then jumped backed over the counter and fled the scene.
Detectives Kennedy and Zotti were called out to process the crime scene and Detective Michael Decker was assigned as the primary investigator. An investigation was conducted by the Detective Bureau, and not much more the 24 hours later an arrest was made. Detectives Charles Simonelli, Joseph Kennedy and Michael Verdadeiro were able to identify and arrest Shawn Caughey by using good, old fashioned police work. They, along with Detective Decker, should be commended for their work and for taking this dangerous suspect off the streets in record time. The gun used in the crime was also recovered.
Caughey, 26 years old, has a last known address of 42 Winant Street, Staten Island, NY but recently began staying in Long Branch. He was charged with attempted murder, robbery, aggravated assault, possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose, unlawful firearm possession, and having a defaced firearm. He was remanded to Monmouth County Correctional Institution with no bail.