Prosecutor: Man faces charges for deadly assault outside Lakeside Diner
A Manalapan man is facing charges following a fight that turned deadly outside a Lacey Township diner.
The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office says that an argument had taken place inside the Lakeside Diner on Wednesday around 7:30 p.m. between members of a motorcycle club. The owner of the diner told everyone involved in the argument to go outside.
Authorities say that a second argument broke out among the club members in the parking lot of the diner, and that during the argument, 54-year-old Edward Chandler punched 78-year-old Robert Clarke, of Whiting. Authorities say that Whiting fell and hit his head on the ground, resulting in a severe injury.
Clarke was taken to Jersey Shore Medical Center for treatment but died several hours later.
Chandler was arrested and charged with aggravated manslaughter. Chandler had previously been charged with aggravated assault, but the charges were upgraded following an autopsy performed on Clarke. Chandler is being held at the Ocean County Jail.
News 12 has previously reported
on the Lakeside Diner, which had been opened for indoor dining throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, in violation of Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive orders. The owner had received numerous violations for defying the orders, and the diner even had its locks changed at one point by the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office.