Seaside Heights Man Charged with Manslaughter and Endangering an Injured Victim in Connection with Death of Local Resident
October 17, 2023
SEASIDE HEIGHTS, NJ (OCEAN)–Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced on October 4, 2023, that Anthony Collins, a 40-year-old resident of Seaside Heights, has been charged with Manslaughter and Endangering an Injured Victim in relation to the death of Robert May, a 70-year-old resident of Seaside Heights, on October 1, 2023, in the Borough of Seaside Heights.
The incident occurred on September 18, 2023, around 4:00 p.m., when officers from the Seaside Heights Police Department responded to a report of a fall victim in the area of Central Avenue and Sumner Avenue. Upon arrival, they discovered Robert May lying on the ground next to his bicycle, bleeding from a head laceration. Initially, Mr. May declined further medical assistance and left the scene, returning to his residence. Following an investigation by the Seaside Heights Police Department, it was determined that Mr. May had been assaulted by another individual, causing him to fall off his bicycle and hit his head on the pavement.
Later that day, at around 5:00 p.m., the Seaside Heights Police Department received information that Mr. May had been exhibiting erratic behavior after the fall, leading to his transportation by the Tri-Boro First Aid Squad from his home to Community Medical Center in Toms River. Unfortunately, Mr. May’s condition continued to worsen, and he was subsequently transferred to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick. Tragically, on October 1, 2023, Mr. May succumbed to his injuries. A post-mortem examination conducted by the Ocean County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed that Mr. May’s death was a result of the blunt force injury sustained during the assault on September 18, 2023, and classified it as a homicide.
After an extensive investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit and Seaside Heights Police Department, it was determined that Anthony Collins was responsible for the assault on Mr. May, which ultimately led to his death.
Following the issuance of an arrest warrant on October 4, 2023, Collins surrendered himself at the Seaside Heights Police Department Headquarters on October 15, 2023. He was subsequently transferred to the Ocean County Jail, where he is currently being held pending a detention hearing.
Prosecutor Billhimer commended the collaborative efforts of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, Seaside Heights Police Department Detective Bureau, Seaside Heights Police Department, Ocean County Medical Examiner’s Office, and United States Marshals Service in their work on this investigation.
It is important to note that the charges against Collins are merely accusations, and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law as per R.P.C. 3.6(b)(6).
October 17, 2023
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