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Arrest for Murder and Weapon Charges in Point Pleasant Beach

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and Point Pleasant Beach Police Chief Kevin R. O’Hara announce the arrest of Anthony Strong, 24, of 510 Trenton Avenue, Apt. 3E, Point Pleasant Beach, on Murder and Weapons charges in connection with the death of Frank A. Campagna, 41.

Point Pleasant police officers were dispatched to 510 Trenton Avenue at approximately 11:45 p.m. on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 as a result of a 911 call from a resident of that apartment building who reportedly heard a commotion inside an apartment within the building. Officers were directed to Apartment 2C, the residence of Mr. Campagna. Once there, they encountered Anthony Strong near Apartment 2C. Officers observed what appeared to be blood on Strong’s clothing. Mr. Campagna was discovered inside his apartment unresponsive, lying on the floor. He appeared to have suffered stab wounds. A knife was located near his body.

As a result of the investigation conducted by law enforcement officers from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, the Point Pleasant Beach Police Department and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Criminalistics Investigations Unit, Anthony Strong was arrested and charged with Murder, Possession of a Weapon (a knife) for an Unlawful Purpose, Unlawful Possession of a Knife and Certain Persons Not to Have Weapons. His bail was set at $500,000 cash only by the Honorable Joseph L. Foster, J.T.C. Supervising Assistant Prosecutor William Porter is assisting with the investigation and approved the criminal charges.

The lead detectives are Detective Raymond Gardner of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office and Detective Clint Daniels of the Point Pleasant Beach Police Department. Anyone who has any information concerning this case should contact Detective Gardner at (732) 929-2027 or Detective Daniels at (732) 892-0500.

The media and the public are reminded that criminal charges are only accusations. Each person charged with a crime is presumed innocent unless and until that person’s guilt is established beyond a reasonable doubt in court.

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