Christopher Page, the Bayville resident being sought in connection with a stabbing yesterday at the Shop Rite supermarket there, has been caught by police in Toms River.
Page, 34, of Galleon Court in Bayville, was taken into custody this morning in downtown Toms River, and charged with attempted murder, according to Lieutenant Anthony Chiorazzi of the Berkeley Township Police Department.
"Mr. Page turned himself in without incident. He was arrested and is now being processed at Berkeley Township Police Headquarters. If he is unable to make bail, he will then be transported to the Ocean County Jail," said Chiorazzi.
The lieutenant added that the arrest was made with the assistance of local law enforcement authorities from Toms River and South Toms River
Page was described as being between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing about 150 pounds, clean-shaven and with a dark, pockmarked complexion. Officers were working "around the clock" to arrest Page, police said.
Page was considered the primary suspect in. The victim, Noah Jackson, 37, was stabbed three times near checkout lanes 1 and 3 at the store shortly before noon. He was airlifted to Jersey Shore University Medical Center after the incident, Berkeley Township Police Chief Karin DiMichele said yesterday.
"He has severe injuries, but he is stable," DiMichele said of Jackson yesterday. "The wounds went down to the bone."
DiMichele stated that the altercation between Page and Jackson began in the store vestibule and continued into the front of the store near the checkout counters, where Jackson was stabbed, DiMichele said. Police officials do believe that Page and Jackson were acquainted with one another.
At the time of the attack, Page walked into the store wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and shorts. He was wearing only shorts when he fled the store and left in a gold 2002 Infiniti, bearing the license plate number of UYD-68X. A $500,000 warrant was also levied against Page for his arrest after the stabbing.
The Bayville ShopRite reopened at around 5 p.m. yesterday.
Any further information will be updated as it comes in.
Patricia A. Miller contributed reporting to this story.