Police are seeking help from the public as they try to piece together
the circumstances surrounding a stabbing that occurred over the weekend
at the Forked River House bar.
The stabbing happened just after 2
a.m. Sunday morning during a "large brawl that extended from inside the
building out into the parking lot," police said in a statement.
Saul Garcia, 21, of Whitesville Road in Jackson – formerly of
Lakewood – was stabbed through the forearm with a large knife and
lacerated up toward the elbow, said Chief David A. Paprota.
was initially transported to Community Medical Center, then flown to
the trauma center at Jersey Shore University Medical Center.
received an initial 9-1-1 call about the brawl at 2:21 a.m. from a
female, and officers arrived to find "well over 100 people engaged in
fighting and aggressive behavior" in the parking lot, said Paprota.
cops received backup from Berkeley and Ocean townships, and as officers
struggled to control the "hostile" crowd, said Paprota, they learned of
a stabbing victim who was incapacitated inside the building.
amount of blood and damage at the scene was indicative of injuries well
beyond the stabbing victim within the establishment," said Paprota, who
added that officers rendered aid to the victim inside as the fighting
Later, police would find out that another man,
Jose Garcia, 24, of Whitesville Road in Jackson, had arrived at the
Community Medical Center emergency room for treatment
of "significant injuries to his face and jaw due to the fight at the
Forked River House," said Paprota.
"Blood was present throughout the establishment as well as outside the
building consistent with multiple persons sustaining significant
injuries, yet at this time, only the two aforementioned victims have
been identified," the statement from police said.
Jose Garcia was eventually released from Community Medical Center; Saul Garcia remains at Jersey Shore, said Paprota.
Lacey Township Police Department is asking that anyone with information
regarding the incident contact Detective Brian Flynn at 609-693-6636,
ext. 2593 or leave a detailed, anonymous crime tip through the police
department's website at www.laceypd.org/crime-tip/.