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Brick Police Arrest Two for Robbery, Assault

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

Brick Police Arrest Two for Robbery, Assault

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.

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