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Man Arrested, Charged for Carjacking, Stabbing of Orthodox Jews in Lakewood

Update April 20th: Federal prosecutors announce Marsh will be charged with federal hate crime charges; if found guilty, he could spend life in prison. More here.

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Update February 2, 2024: Marsh admitted to the charges, pleading guilty in a federal court hearing in Trenton on Thursday to four counts of committing hate crimes and one of carjacking. He faces being sentenced to life in prison later this year; more here.

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Dion Marsh, 27, was charged with three counts of attempted murder, carjacking, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a weapon, and three counts of bias intimidation. According to police, “the bias charges are based on statements he made to detectives after his arrest.”

According to Lakewood Township Police, officers responded to a report of a carjacking around 1:15 PM, near Martin Luther King Drive and Pine Street. The officers were told that a black man had attacked the driver of a 2016 Toyota Camry and drove away with the car.

Around 6 PM Friday, near the area of Central and Carlton avenues in Lakewood, an Orthodox Jewish pedestrian was hit by a dark vehicle, and the driver then got out of the car and stabbed his victim. The victim was taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, where he is listed in stable condition.

Then, around 8:20 PM, Jackson police received a report of a vehicle running over another pedestrian near Galassi Court, by the same car that hit the man in Lakewood after being carjacked. This victim, too, was taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, where he is listed in critical but stable condition.