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Toms River police detail large crowds, disorderly conduct from 4th of July weekend

The Toms River Police Department has released additional information regarding a chaotic Fourth of July weekend.

News 12 Staff

Jul 8, 2022, 8:31 PM

Updated 715 days ago

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The Toms River Police Department has released additional information regarding a chaotic Fourth of July weekend.
Police say that the first incident happened around 11:30 p.m. July 3 when 40-50 juveniles refused to leave Silver Beach. After officers convinced the group to disperse, police say one person began to shout obscenities and allegedly stole a decorative sign from the front lawn of a home.
Police chased that person, identified as 18-year-old Andrew Baskapan, and took him into custody.
Another incident occurred around 11 p.m. on July 4. Police were called to Fourth and Ocean avenues for reports of a large group of approximately 400-500 juveniles. Police say that once they started to disperse, most were walking in the roadway and blocking traffic. Officials say that as officers tried to get the crowd to leave, a 16-year-old girl started to yell at the officers and allegedly tried to strike one.
Officials say she struggled with officers and resisted arrest. They say the large crowd then started throwing rocks at the officers in an attempt to interfere.
“Our beach community is enjoyed by residents and guests year-round, and while we welcome visitors from near and far, we will not tolerate disrespect and destruction,” Toms River police said in a statement. “This is becoming an increasing issue with most shore towns, it is not just in our area. Social media definitely fuels the gatherings to levels we haven’t seen before. We are taking a measured response to the issue and providing more coverage in our beach community.”


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