Ocean Township – Matthew McCudden, 23, Jackson, was arrested yesterday afternoon in the area of Lewis Street after police received a report of a suspicious person.
In a prepared statement issued by Detective Lieutenant Kevin L. Faller, the Public Information Officer, he stated that upon arrival of the officers they were able to identify the suspicious individual as McCudden and found him to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. “He was also in possession of a brightly colored backpack,” wrote Faller.
Officer Kathleen DeLanoy noticed that the backpack had matched one that was worn by a suspect that was involved in a strong arm robbery on July 19, at the CVS Pharmacy. Officers conducted a review of the store’s CCTV video surveillance system and identified McCudden as that unknown accused suspect.
“The video shows McCudden forcibly pushing a store employee and fleeing after the employee attempted to stop him for shoplifting a drink,” Faller wrote. He also added that the employee was not injured during the ordeal.
Police have charged McCudden with the July 19 robbery and possession of drug paraphernalia that was located on his possession during his arrest. Bail was set at $7,500 with no 10 percent option by the Honorable Timothy McGouhran.
Currently McCudden is residing at the Monmouth County Correctional Facility in Freehold waiting for a future court date.