Brick police said Thursday that three juvenile females have been charged after they allegedly seriously assaulted another girl at Herbertsville Park on April 18.
The incident has led to rumors of gang ties, however police have said that was not true.
According to Sgt. Neal Pedersen, officers were called to the park at 7 p.m. Monday for a report of an assault. Upon arrival, the officers were told that a female juvenile had been assaulted by several other female juveniles at the park. The victim, police said, had already been taken to Ocean Medical Center for treatment and the suspects had fled the park into the woods that lead to the Greenwood Loop neighborhood.
Officers then went to Ocean Medical Center, where they located the victim who had an injury to her nose and right eye. The injury, Pedersen said, ended up being significant and requiring surgery. The injury was apparently to the girl’s eye.
Detectives Thomas Cooney, Kenneth Steinberg, and Timothy McCarthy were assigned the case and began searching for the suspects. Over the next two days, said Pedersen, the detectives were able to identify three suspects and place them into custody. The three suspects – all female juveniles whose names were not divulged – were local residents and were released to their parents after being charged. All three suspects were charged with one count of aggravated assault.
Due to the ages of all involved, the case will be transferred to the Ocean County Family Court, Pedersen said.