Authorities in Ocean County say a man from Pennsylvania has been indicted in connection to a shooting in Seaside Heights last summer.

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Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer says 43-year-old Jose Serrano-Robles of Lebanon, PA, is facing attempted murder, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a weapon, and being a certain person not to possess weapons charges.

According to police, in the early morning hours of August 16th, 2021, Seaside Heights officers responded to a shots-fired call at La Fontana Motel on Grant Avenue.

La Fontana Motel in Seaside Heights NJ - Photo: Google Maps
La Fontana Motel in Seaside Heights NJ - Photo: Google Maps

Responding officers found a 51-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the head. He was taken to an area hospital for treatment and released.

An investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit and Seaside Heights Police Department Detective Bureau revealed that Serrano-Robles and the victim had been sharing a room at the La Fontana Motel. A search of the motel room yielded two handguns. The investigation further revealed that Serrano-Robles shot the victim and then fled the area.

Detectives located Serrano-Robles at the Toms River Bus Station where he was taken into custody without incident. He has been held at the Ocean County Jail since then.

The public is reminded that charges are accusations and all persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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