Brieon Thurston, wanted in connection with a double shooting and stabbing that occurred in 2011, in the Monmouth County community of Allentown, is behind bars at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution. Bail has been set at $250,000. Thurston, 31, is believed to have fled the state and has been living elsewhere the past few years. Thurston’s brother, Neemiah, was arrested shortly after the incident in 2011.
After extensive monitoring and recent developments obtained through the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Division, Sheriff’s Officers Randy Morgan, Sean O’Neill and Detective Keith Finkelstein from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office were led to Brieon Thurston’s whereabouts. On Thursday, May 16, Thurston was arrested at the XL Lounge in Newark and charged with pointing a firearm at another individual, possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of a weapon, from the 2011 incident. “This is an example of exceptional police work and how persistence and collaboration among law enforcement agencies yields great results,” said Sheriff Shaun Golden. “An arrest like this helps ensure public safety and keeps neighborhoods safe.”
Detective Sergeant Jeffrey Wilbert of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office, the New Jersey State Police and the Newark Police Department also assisted in the apprehension.